Instyle Solar Blog & News

On this page you will find our blog containing a suite of key articles and videos about the basics of solar power, related products and technologies and all the general things you need to know to allow for a successful transition to renewable energy.
We’ve also featured a range of company news, educational content and Industry initiatives such as the latest government incentive schemes.
Our media features over the last 6 years have been featured with direct links to the published content. Theres a number of excellent reads in this suite.
In addition, we have included data sheet downloads for our most popular product offerings, for your personal research purposes.

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Media Articles

24-YEAR-OLD COO SHARES HIS TOP TIPS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 in the Start-up category, the now 24-year-old is a digital pioneer and Chief Operation Officer (COO) at one of Australia’s largest solar operators, Instyle Solar.

Climbing up the corporate ladder usually takes decades, but this young gun made it to the COO position by the age of 24. Here’s how.

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR POWERS UP THE PENRITH PANTHERS

Leading solar provider, Instyle Solar, has announced an exciting new partnership with the Penrith Panthers, as the club’s first official solar partner for the next two seasons. Panther’s Head of Partnerships Jeremy Tuite said, “We are extremely excited to welcome Instyle Solar to the Panthers family.

Read about it here.

SUNWIZ 2020 RETAILER DATA HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

This years’ Sunwiz reports have been released with the rankings of how all Solar Retailers performed in 2020. Despite COVID locking down the country – Solar reined through with more than 1 million Aussie rooftops adding systems to reduce both their electricity bills and their carbon footprint in 2020.
We are pretty proud of our efforts!

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR LAUNCHES ‘PAIN FREE GUARANTEE’ IN MAJOR REBRAND

Instyle Solar & our brand partners behind our new creative refresh, Prodigy Plus have been featured on the Campaign Brief Website and Facebook page.
This story also features the one-of-a-kind Johnathan Thurston cartoon character that’s been created and put into a couple of awesome videos.

Read about it here.

AUSTRALIA’S SOLAR ENERGY SECTOR: KEY TRENDS FOR 2021

Instyle Solar & Karl Brown have been featured on AusBiz with an informative article around what solar looked like in recent years and what we might be moving towards in the coming year.
2021 is a new year for solar, in many ways it’s again another unknown. The massive record-breaking sprawl of Residential PV Solar systems in Australia in 2020 highlighted to everyone the huge desire for renewable energy into the future.

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR LAUNCHES ‘PAIN FREE GUARANTEE’ IN MAJOR REBRAND ANNOUNCEMENT

Leading residential solar provider, Instyle Solar, has launched a ‘pain free guarantee’ to redefine customer perceptions of the solar industry, as part of a major rebrand announcement.
The Instyle Solar brand was born seven years ago out of the idea to make solar simple. The reinvented business identity will create a new industry standard for customer experience…

Read about it here.

HOW MICROGRIDS ARE RESHAPING AUSTRALIA’S ENERGY SUPPLY IN 2021

Once the poster child for fossil fuels, gas and oil, Australia’s energy supply is on the precipice of a renewable revolution. Over two million, or one in five, of Australian households now have rooftop solar, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Read about it here.

SOLAR POWER IS THE SECRET TO A $0 POWER BILL

Installing home solar power will slash your energy bills 60 to 80 percent, but it’s expensive to install. Instyle Solar explains how the cost savings of solar pay for the installation in the short to medium term.
We’ve all been there before – the unwanted and unwelcome shock of a big power bill.

Power bills can hurt the household budget…

Read about it here.

JT ON DATE NIGHTS, DAUGHTERS AND DREAMS

Johnathan Thurston has revealed how he’s gone from being a star on the field to helping make a difference for many others off it. Read our exclusive in-depth chat with JT and his life after footy PLUS never before seen photos from the Thurston family album.

Read about it here.

THE PROOF IS IN DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Back in 2014, we started Instyle Solar with a humble investment of $2500 and in the last five to six years we have grown rapidly, being named Australia’s third fastest-growing company by the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Fast 100 List for 2020. One question I have been asked on many occasions is, “How? How have you been able to achieve this in such a competitive industry?”

Read about it here.

HOW TO GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE FROM YOUR SOLAR PANELS

Solar panels are an eco-friendly investment that can increase the value of your property, is good for the environment and can also reduce your power bills. However, without the proper maintenance and care, you may not be getting the best performance from your panels.
Jonah Hicks is the co-founder of Queensland’s leading solar supplier, Instyle Solar…

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR TAKES POWER TO THE PEOPLE WITH PRODUCT AVAILABLE AT COSTCO

Leading residential solar provider, Instyle Solar, has announced its solar panels will be available to purchase in-store at Costco Kilburn, Adelaide from today, Tuesday 1 September.
The move to a retail environment sees Instyle Solar heralded as the first solar provider in South Australia to enable the purchase and installation of solar panels from an in-store experience with Costco.

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR TAKES POWER TO THE PEOPLE WITH PRODUCT AVAILABLE AT COSTCO

Residential solar provider Instyle Solar has announced its solar panels are now available to purchase in-store at Costco Kilburn, Adelaide.
The move to a retail environment sees Instyle Solar heralded as the first solar provider in South Australia to enable the purchase and installation of solar panels from an in-store experience with Costco Kilburn.

Read about it here.

TURNING $2500 INTO $100M IN 5 YEARS; KARL BROWN’S SOLAR STARTUP STORY

Karl Brown has taken his $2,500 startup to $100 million in sales within just five years of trading. As CEO and founder of Instyle Solar, which is now Queensland’s leading solar company, Karl has recently won Brisbane’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and has been nominated for CEO Magazine’s ‘CEO of the Year.’

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR PLACES 3RD IN THE AFR FAST 100, 2020

The fastest growing companies in Australia in 2018-19 have been identified by The Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 and Fast Starters lists, now in their 30th year.

Melbourne-based property investment and mentoring company A Team Property Group topped the Fast 100, after it grew revenue at a compound average rate of 152 per cent over the four financial years since 2015-16.

Read about it here.

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARDS CHAMPIONING GREAT LEADERSHIP IN AU & NZ

2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership

A number of leaders, businesses and teams have come together to create a movement of courageous and kind leadership around the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards in Brisbane.

This month, more than one-hundred leaders across government, community, private and not-for-profit sectors became finalists in the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards.

Read about it here.

INSTYLE SOLAR TAKES POWER TO THE PEOPLE WITH PRODUCT NOW AVAILABLE AT COSTCO PERTH

Australian leading solar supplier, Instyle Solar, has today announced its products are available to purchase in-store at Costco Perth Airport.

The move to a retail environment sees Instyle Solar heralded as the first solar provider in Australia to enable the purchase and installation of solar panels from an in-store experience with Costco.

Read about it here.

63% OF AUSTRALIANS SAY SOLAR IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOURCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

New data commissioned by the Online Research Unit has revealed almost two thirds of Australians say solar is the most effective source of renewable energy. According to the Aussie survey, 63.6 per cent say solar is the most effective renewable energy, followed by hydro energy at 16.8 per cent, wind energy at 10.3 per cent and geothermal energy at 4.4 per cent.

Read about it here.

Government Incentive Programs

Solar incentives 2020

Australia offers a mix of favorable conditions for solar power. The country is very sunny, which makes solar panels more productive. Local electricity rates are also among the highest in the world, which increases the savings per …

2020 Solar battery incentives

Find out more about Australian solar rebates in 2020. What is the solar rebate program, are you eligible and how much could you solar save you?

NSW Solar Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs 2020

Electricity prices in New South Wales are above 30 cents per kilowatt-hour, on average, and peak prices in time-of-use tariffs often exceed 50 cents/kWh. Solar power is an excellent investment for homes and businesses in NSW, since it helps…

QLD Solar Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs 2020

Electricity prices in Queensland normally range from 25 to 30 cents per kilowatt-hour, and some time-of-use tariffs have peak prices over 60 cents/kWh. These tariffs lead to high power bills for homes and businesses, but there is also a significant…

VIC Solar Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs 2020

Australia has some of the highest electricity prices globally, and the state of Victoria is no exception. Many electricity consumers are charged over 25 cents/kWh, and some tariffs exceed 30 cents/kWh. However, solar panels achieve greater savings…

WA Solar Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs 2020

Western Australia has a unique electric power system compared with other states and territories. However, electricity tariffs are high like in the rest of Australia, and solar power provides an excellent return on investment for this reason…

Educational Articles

Our business partner: Q Cells

At Instyle Solar, we use solar panels manufactured by Q Cells because they’re one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers.

How do I read my power bill and understand my usage?

To get a better idea of your electricity usage you should start by reading your power bill carefully. Even though the bill format can vary depending on your provider, the important information will be included.

Micro-inverters vs DC optimisers

Solar installers and homeowners have more options when it comes to their solar system design. In this article we discuss micro-inverters vs DC optimisers.

Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer

In Australia, we have a number of governing bodies which determine the safety, ethics and regulatory practices that need to be adhered to in the Australian Solar industry. One of the biggest is the Australian Clean Energy Council (CEC). They…

Why you should never buy cheap solar

It’s a common question in the solar industry – what’s the right price to be paying for a solar system? Well, the answer is not that simple. Pricing a system to suit your own personal home’s condition & electrical requirements, designing…

How solar can increase the value of your property

Recent data from PRD Nationwide and the Queensland University of Technology reveals sustainable homes outperform other property types come “sale” day. The median sale price of a ‘green’ home is 10 per cent higher and on average, sustainable homes sell 13 days faster…

Who is the greenest generation?

Young people are often dubbed the “green generation” – taking to the streets for action on climate change and championing environmental values. Yet, it is older millennials and their parents who are most likely to act in support of the environment and reduce their carbon footprint…

How to read your solar inverter

For homeowners who have taken the leap and switched to Solar Power, there are many things to understand about your new equipment and mini-power station on the roof. One of the most common calls we receive…

What are the best solar panels?

While the technology powering solar may seem straight-forward, when you start to dig a little deeper, you may find yourself delving into a pandora box of options, brands, and complex technical terms. The reality is, not all solar panels are created equal…

All you need to know about the Fronius Smart Meter

Fronius is a very popular brand when it comes to inverters, however, they also manufacture one of the industry’s best energy meter. The Fronius Energy metre works alongside the Fronius Inverter in a PV Solar System. Fronius offers…

How microgrids are reshaping Australia’s energy supply

Once the poster child for fossil fuels, gas and oil, theAustralian National University renewable energy in Australia is growing at a per capita rate ten times faster than the world average. But as energy utilities race to renewables, a new problem arises…

All you need to know about LG Chem Compatible Inverters

The LG Chem solar batteries are designed with Lithium-ion technology and have the capabilities to suit a large range of options for different markets. LG Chem grid-scale solutions offer amazing features at grid-scale…

How to clean your solar panels

The solar panels’ performance is entirely related to a set of environmental factors: solar radiation, humidity, temperature, shade, wind speed and more. Another element that deeply influences the performance of an array is soiling…

How to do your energy efficiency audit

Audit. It’s not a pretty word. For many of us, just the thought of it brings on a case of anxiety that a cup of tea and a good lie down simply cannot fix. It conjures images of the tax-man and other like-minded, fastidious officials, delving…

Johnathan Thurston shares his ‘Energy-Saving Tips’

Saving on the essentials like power in the home is a huge win in the current ‘work from home’ state of affairs we all find ourselves in. Johnathan Thurston and his family are no exception. With 6 people living in the household…

Pros and cons of installing a solar battery

Battery technology has advanced in recent years, with new players on the market making it more competitive. There are a number of different battery technologies out in the market and choosing one really depends on one’s needs & budget…

Solar 101: Your ultimate solar buying guide

If you’ve found yourself on this page I assume there is a reason: your last quarterly bill shocked you, and you are dreading opening your next one. Don’t worry, you’re not alone…

Solar Monitoring – What is it?

One of the biggest changes in the Solar PV Industry in recent years, is the addition of solar system production & consumption monitoring.There are currently two types of monitoring in the market – the first being standard inverter production monitoring…

Three tips for Aussies turning to solar

Australians are taking control of their electricity bills and switching to rooftop solar, with numbers up 11 per cent on last year, 2.26 million homes, or one in five Australians are now reaping the rewards of solar energy. Like anything – before…

What size solar system do I need?

If you want to try and get your head around how big our solar system, as in where the earth enjoys its annual orbit, is—it has a diameter of approximately 287 billion kilometres. Like…way big! The solar system you will need to power your…

Why solar is a great investment

Amidst the economic impacts of a worldwide health crisis, it is not surprising that many Aussie families are closing their wallets and reducing spending. Now more than ever, it’s important for families to make conscious decisions…

Why winter and spring are the best times to install solar panels

As you put your winter woollies away for another year and the days start becoming longer and hotter, it can only mean one thing. Spring is on its way and it’s time to install solar panels. Spring brings with it a wealth of benefits which make it the perfect time to…

Why solar is the unexpected essential for isolation

Toilet paper to pasta and hand sanitiser, this time of uncertainty has caused people to panic buy and stockpile in preparation for the worst – and now it seems Australian homeowners are flocking to solar panels to save money…

Why Queensland is Australia’s rooftop solar leader

Turns out Queensland has earned its title: the Sunshine State. New research from the Clean Energy Council reveals Queensland is leading the charge in-home solar energy installations, with five out of Australia’s top ten solar postcodes located…

A complete glossary for solar power jargon

Ever tried researching solar power, only to find yourself struggling to understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour, or what the heck a Powerwall is? If so, you’re not alone. Solar power is jargon-heavy…

The best battery storage companies

Lithium-ion batteries power almost everything these days, from consumer electronics to EVs with renewable energy storage solutions. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 lithium-ion battery manufacturers.

How to choose a solar inverter

There are many choices when it comes to inverters, in this article we’ll help you choose the one that is right for you.

Australia, the perfect giant solar farm

With its ideal conditions, Australia as a whole is almost the perfect giant solar farm. With government incentives and large scale developments on the horizon, Australia is expected to grow its capacity by 10 fold over the next 20 years.

Multiple orientation of solar panels

Looking to install solar panels? Find out why solar panels are best placed facing the same direction. We’ll also chat multiple orientation and advice for when it’s the only option.

Portable solar panels and off-grid living

Solar panels weren’t always for the business and residential sectors, originally solar panels were used for off-grid purposes. There is a growing market for portable solar panel technology to service campers, and people in remote areas.

What is PERC technology?

PERC solar cell technology is becoming increasingly popular. PERC solar cells offer increased reflectivity and greater cost-efficiency.

What is IBC solar cell technology and how does it work?

IBC solar cell technology is perhaps one of the most complicated technologies used to make solar panels today. IBC cells offer higher efficiency as well as many other benefits, making them a choice that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Our top pick of cool solar gadgets

We’ve put together a list of the coolest solar gadgets to help your home reduce its reliance on power from the grid, or keep it green while you’re on the go.

Busting energy saving myths

Are dishwashers really huge energy suckers? When it comes to energy-saving around the home, there are plenty of myths out there. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common and dispel those that aren’t based on fact.

How to choose a solar installer

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of solar installers out there, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a checklist of the basic things you need to keep in mind when selecting a solar installer to help make sure you get the most out of your installation.

Can the power grid depend entirely on solar energy?

Solar energy production can be unstable and is heavily dependent on the weather. Despite this unpredictability though, is it capable of powering the entire power grid on its own? And if so, how can it be achieved?

Can I add more solar panels to my existing system?

So you’ve invested in solar power and you’re enjoying the benefits, but you’re starting to wonder if it’s possible to expand your system and increase your savings. Is it as simple as adding more solar panels?

Can I DIY a solar system?

When considering if a DIY solar system is a practical choice there are a few key criteria you should consider first. We’ll go through the process in detail to help you understand if it’s the best choice for you.

I have three-phase power, do I need a special inverter?

Three-phase power connections allow you to have more power available for big houses, mansions or places that have bigger loads than normal. How does three-phase power impact solar power installations though? Let’s take a look.

Do solar panels work during a blackout?

Blackouts can occur during storms and other natural disasters. But does having solar panels automatically mean you are protected against blackouts? The simple answer is, it can, although a blackout resistant solar panel installation must include effective power storage. Read on to find out more.

All you need to know about AC solar modules

There’s a growing market for plug and play solar deployment options and that’s where AC solar modules come in. Let’s take a closer look at AC solar modules and how they’re meeting the demand.

Can solar energy really fight climate change?

Energy consumption, emissions, climate change, there are many concepts floating around out there. But when it comes to solar energy, the question is: does it really help with the fight against climate change? Can it provide a sustainable supply of electricity and reduce carbon emissions?

Are 3D printed lithium-ion batteries possible?

It’s true, the lithium-ion battery is the most popular and valuable technology when it comes to energy storage. Recently though, the idea of being able to manufacture lithium-ion batteries using three-dimensional printers has become a possibility.

Mining for solar industry in Australia: Rich in natural minerals

Australian mining is shaping the future of the solar industry. With an abundance of resources, Australia has become one of the largest producers of bauxite, iron ore, gold, lead, lithium, nickel, cobalt and copper in the world. All of these minerals are essential for the development of new trends and growing markets like the solar industry.

Instyle Solar News

Instyle Solar Rebrand: The story behind the change

Introducing our ‘Pain-Free Guarantee’. Our brand was born seven years ago out of the idea to make solar simple. The re-invented business identity will look to elevate the industry standard for customer experience and expectations, and build on our formidable presence in 2020…

Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer

In Australia, we have a number of governing bodies which determine the safety, ethics and regulatory practices that need to be adhered to in the Australian Solar industry. One of the biggest is the Australian Clean Energy Council (CEC). They…

Instyle Solar now in Costco Adelaide

Leading residential solar provider, Instyle Solar, has announced its solar panels will be available to purchase in-store at Costco Kilburn, Adelaide from Tuesday 1 September. The move to a retail environment sees Instyle Solar heralded as the first solar…

Instyle Solar now in Costco Perth

Australian leading solar supplier, Instyle Solar, has today announced its products are available to purchase in-store at Costco Perth Airport. The move to a retail environment sees Instyle Solar heralded as the first solar provider in Australia to enable the …

Johnathan Thurston and Instyle Solar Partnership

Rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston has come on board with Australian leading solar company, Instyle Solar, as their first official ambassador. The multi-year partnership will see the renowned family man share his own journey of living with…

Johnathan Thurston sits down with Instyle Solar

Chances are you’ve already heard that Johnathan Thurston has teamed up with Instyle Solar? Well, it’s true & the initial consultation couldn’t have been more entertaining! In his usual manner, JT found the funny side of the process…

How We Met – Karl Brown & Jonah Hicks

Karl says Jonah has a unique ability to get the job done. He’s got an incredible work ethic and hunger to learn and succeed. In Jonah’s words, Karl was a little over-confident at first meeting. He was positive but seemed quite up-front and…

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