Your guide to solar panels and batteries

Want solar power for your home but not sure where to begin? You’re in the right place. Origin has helped over 110,000 Aussie households get started with solar and can help you do the same.

Your guide to solar panels and batteries

Want solar power for your home but not sure where to begin? You’re in the right place. Origin has helped over 110,000 Aussie households get started with solar and can help you do the same.

Your solar questions answered

What are the benefits of solar?

If you’re looking to install a solar system at home, getting solar panels from a trusted solar provider might be one of the wisest decisions you could make.

Besides getting clean renewable energy from the sun, switching to solar can also help lower your energy bills and add value to your home.

Video transcript

Getting started with solar

At Origin we love solar systems – and we want you to as well.

So how do you get started with solar? It’s easier than you think. There’s a few things about your property you’ll want to know first. Let’s begin.

Where is your property located? (visual shows map of Australia) 

What type of property is it?

  • House
  • Townhouse
  • Unit
  • Apartment

What’s sort of roof does it have?

  • Tin
  • Concrete tile
  • Terracotta tile
  • Klip-lok
  • Slate
  • Asphalt
  • Shingle
  • Fibro
  • Asbestos
  • Timber
  • EPDM
  • Decromastic
  • Flat concrete
  • Not sure

Things your solar expert will discuss with you include shading during the day, pitch of you roof and position of the roof.

With this information about your property, our experts can design a tailored system to suit your lifestyle. To find out more and receive a call back about a solar package that’s right for you, simply request a quote today.

Due to the impacts of Coronavirus, we’ve revised our policies and procedures for all servicing and installation work. We’ve introduced social distancing measures for the safety and wellbeing of our people, our customers and the community. We’ll be happy to discuss this with you prior to any work being done.

How does solar energy work?

In simple terms, solar power systems capture sunlight and convert it into electricity for residential use. Here’s how home solar systems work:

How solar works
1. Solar panels

Solar panels

Solar panels capture clean, renewable energy from the sun and convert it into DC (direct current). Learn more about how solar panels work.

2. Solar inverter

Solar inverter

An inverter box does the hard yards. It converts direct current (DC) output from your solar panels into alternating current (AC) to power your appliances. 

3. Solar battery

Solar battery

If you install a solar battery, excess energy is stored here instead of being pushed out to the grid. Here’s what to look for when buying a solar battery.

4. Digital meter

Digital meter

Your energy use and habits are easily tracked with a digital meter or smart meter. Monitor your solar self-sufficiency and savings through the Origin app

5. Power grid

Feed-in tariff

Any excess energy is pushed out to the grid. It’s measured and your feed-in tariff (FIT) is calculated and credited to your account.

Due to the impacts of Coronavirus, we’ve revised our policies and procedures for all servicing and installation work. We’ve introduced social distancing measures for the safety and wellbeing of our people, our customers and the community. We’ll be happy to discuss this with you prior to any work being done.

Your solar questions answered

Video transcript

Getting started with solar

At Origin we love solar systems – and we want you to as well.

So how do you get started with solar? It’s easier than you think. There’s a few things about your property you’ll want to know first. Let’s begin.

Where is your property located? (visual shows map of Australia) 

What type of property is it?

  • House
  • Townhouse
  • Unit
  • Apartment

What’s sort of roof does it have?

  • Tin
  • Concrete tile
  • Terracotta tile
  • Klip-lok
  • Slate
  • Asphalt
  • Shingle
  • Fibro
  • Asbestos
  • Timber
  • EPDM
  • Decromastic
  • Flat concrete
  • Not sure

Things your solar expert will discuss with you include shading during the day, pitch of you roof and position of the roof.

With this information about your property, our experts can design a tailored system to suit your lifestyle. To find out more and receive a call back about a solar package that’s right for you, simply request a quote today.

What are the benefits of solar?

If you’re looking to install a solar system at home, getting solar panels from a trusted solar provider might be one of the wisest decisions you could make.

Besides getting clean renewable energy from the sun, switching to solar can also help lower your energy bills and add value to your home.

How does solar energy work?

How solar works

In simple terms, solar power systems capture sunlight and convert it into electricity for residential use. Here’s how home solar systems work:

1. Solar panels

Solar panels capture clean, renewable energy from the sun and convert it into DC (direct current). Learn more about how solar panels work.

2. Solar inverter

An inverter box does the hard yards. It converts direct current (DC) output from your solar panels into alternating current (AC) to power your appliances. 

3. Solar battery

If you install a solar battery, excess energy is stored here instead of being pushed out to the grid. Here’s what to look for when buying a solar battery.

4. Digital meter

Your energy use and habits are easily tracked with a digital meter or smart meter. Monitor your solar self-sufficiency and savings through the Origin app

5. Power grid

Any excess energy is pushed out to the grid. It’s measured and your feed-in tariff (FIT) is calculated and credited to your account.

How much do solar panels cost?

The price of your solar system depends on the size of your property, the amount of energy you want to generate and the number of solar panels you need. Ask our solar experts about the right solar solution for your home and get a personalised quote.

How much do solar panels cost?

The price of your solar system depends on the size of your property, the amount of energy you want to generate and the number of solar panels you need. Ask our solar experts about the right solar solution for your home and get a personalised quote.

How good are solar panels and batteries for the planet?

Harnessing and using clean, renewable energy from the sun makes you less reliant on traditional sources of electricity such as fossil fuels. And if you’re looking to make an even bigger difference for the environment, a solar battery can help you increase your energy independence and reduce your carbon footprint.

How good are solar panels and batteries for the planet?

Harnessing and using clean, renewable energy from the sun makes you less reliant on traditional sources of electricity such as fossil fuels. If you’re looking to make an even bigger difference for the environment, a solar battery can help you increase your energy independence and reduce your carbon footprint.

What solar savings can I make?

Find your solar return on investment (ROI) with our online calculator. Figure out how many solar panels you might need, assess potential costs and savings, and see how long it takes until your solar system pays for itself.

What solar savings can I make?

Find your solar return on investment (ROI) with our online calculator. Figure out how many solar panels you might need, assess potential costs and savings, and see how long it takes until your solar system pays for itself.

What if I already have solar panels?

Moved into a house with an existing solar system or just installed a new one? Get great value from your solar system with a plan that suits your home’s needs and rewards you for supporting the grid.

What if I already have solar panels?

Moved into a house with an existing solar system or just installed a new one? Get great value from your solar system with a plan that suits your home’s needs and rewards you for supporting the grid.

More info on solar panels, packages and plans

Do I have to pay for my solar system upfront?

Getting solar energy for your home is an investment for the long term, but that doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet.

While you can pay upfront after your system is installed, you can also opt for our 24-month interest-free payment option or the Origin Solar Payback Plan that offers up to 5 years to pay off your solar system.^

Browse our solar payment plans now or speak to a solar consultant to learn more.

Will Origin pay me for my solar energy?

A solar feed-in tariff (FIT) is a credit that goes towards your electricity bill when you “sell” or “feed in” your unused solar energy back to the grid.

There are different feed-in tariff rates for each state. Browse Origin’s solar energy plans with great feed-in tariff rates now.

What if the sun isn’t shining?

Unfortunately when the sun isn’t shining your solar panels won’t generate electricity – but there’s a solution at hand.

With a Tesla Powerwall 2 or a LG Chem RESU home solar battery, you can effectively store excess energy generated from your solar panels during the day and use it at night. Learn more about solar batteries here.

Are there any solar offers or rebates available?

Yes – Origin offers and government solar rebates are regularly updated on our solar deals page.

Discover financial incentives on solar panels and batteries from Federal and State governments and get discounts on solar packages in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC.

Can I track the solar savings I’m making?

The Origin app makes it easy to check how much energy you’re using and the amount of solar you’ve fed back to the grid. You’ll also be able to see the credits you’ve earned in the process.

More info on solar panels, packages and plans

Do I have to pay for my solar system upfront?

Getting solar energy for your home is an investment for the long term, but that doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet.

While you can pay upfront after your system is installed, you can also opt for our 24-month interest-free payment plan^ with $0 deposit.

Explore our solar packages and products now.

Will Origin pay me for my solar energy?

A solar feed-in tariff (FIT) is a credit that goes towards your electricity bill when you “sell” or “feed in” your unused solar energy back to the grid.

There are different feed-in tariff rates for each state. Browse Origin’s solar energy plans with great feed-in tariff rates now.

What if the sun isn’t shining?

Unfortunately when the sun isn’t shining your solar panels won’t generate electricity – but there’s a solution to hand.

With a Tesla Powerwall 2 or a LG Chem Resu home solar battery, you can effectively store excess energy generated from your solar panels during the day and use it at night. Learn more about solar batteries here.

Are there any solar offers or rebates available?

Yes – Origin offers and government solar rebates are regularly updated on our solar deals page.

Discover financial incentives on solar panels and batteries from Federal and State governments and get discounts on solar packages in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC.

Can I track the solar savings I’m making?

The Origin app makes it easy to check how much energy you’re using and the amount of solar you’ve fed back to the grid. You’ll also be able to see the credits you’ve earned in the process.

Make a good change with Origin solar

Our experts can help you find the right solar package, products and energy plan to suit your home and lifestyle.

Make a good change
with Origin solar

Our experts can help you find the right solar package, products and energy plan to suit your home and lifestyle.

Have a question? Find Help & Support online anytime or call 1300 791 468 (Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 7 pm)


Important information

^ Origin solar payment plans

Not available in all areas. Price for a standard installation on a tin roof single-storey house in Zone 3 and within 50 km of state GPO or an installer location (except in Canberra and Townsville where additional charges apply). All prices include GST and small-scale technology certificates (STCs). The system purchased must be eligible for STCs and you must assign the rights to the STCs to us. Additional meter changeover/installation fees charged by your distributor may apply. Prices subject to change without notice. Limit of one system per address per 6-month period unless we agree otherwise. For installation timeframes and full terms, ask us when you call.

24-month interest-free payment plan

Our payment plan requires $0 deposit and the remainder total cost paid over 24 months via equal monthly instalments on your credit card. Origin may perform a credit check to assess your eligibility for this solar payment option.

Solar Payback Plan

Our Solar Payback Plan for residential customers requires $0 deposit. The total cost will be paid over a period between 24 to 60 months via equal monthly instalments on your credit card. We estimate your projected solar savings by calculating your avoided grid energy usage due to solar at your current electricity rate plus adding any anticipated exported energy for your system at our standard retailer feed-in-tariff or Solar Boost Plus rate in your state (depending on your preference). Your estimated monthly savings are determined by dividing your total solar savings over the payback period by the number of months in the payback period. These forecasts are estimates only and your actual monthly savings will fluctuate due to seasonality and usage behaviour. Origin may perform a credit check to assess your eligibility for this solar payment option.