What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

By installing a solar energy system on your property, you can reduce your electricity consumption and save on your bills. With the rising demand for electricity, electricity rates have risen over time, making solar energy a fantastic way to avoid the creeping cost of electricity bills.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Solar energy is a renewable energy source and provides many environmental and health benefits. Since solar energy systems don’t produce any greenhouse gasses, you will reduce your ecological footprint by merely having one installed on your home. As far as health benefits are concerned, going solar reduces air pollutants like sulfur dioxide, which are a major cause of health problems in humans.

How does solar impact my property value?

Multiple studies have shown that properties with solar panels installed are valued at higher rates when compared to other similar properties in the same area without any solar panels. However, this value is only seen for owned solar panels, not solar panels that are being leased. In some countries, the focus on solar energy systems is so high that people demand homes with a solar panel system.

Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

Solar energy systems depend entirely on sunlight to produce power. The amount of power generated will be high on a sunny day and comparatively low on a cloudy day. It won’t produce energy at night.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

If your solar energy system has battery storage and isn’t connected to the utility grid, you won’t receive any bills. Otherwise, you can cut your expenses to zero by depending entirely on a solar panel system that best suits your energy consumption requirements.

Do solar panels work in a blackout?

If your solar panel is connected to the grid, it will immediately shut off in the event of a blackout. This is done to prevent emergency responders and electricity repair-people from being injured by the power that is sent back to the grid from the panel. However, you can use solar inverters with backup power in the event of a blackout.

Is my roof suitable for solar panels?

Roofs are the ideal place for installing panels. Generally, north-facing roofs with little to no shades and enough space for the panels are preferred. There are alternatives available if you don’t have an ideal solar roof.

How long will my solar power system last?

Solar panels are exceptionally durable and can withstand any climatic conditions like snow or hail. While the components of your solar panel will need to be replaced at different times depending on your system, on average, a solar panel system can generate power for around 25 years.

What types of rebates are available?

The State and Federal Governments provide the following rebates for the installation of a solar system. - A rebate deducted from the system’s price at the time of purchasing. - The purchase of unused power.

What if my roof doesn’t face north?

Though north-facing is considered the best option for solar panels, it isn’t mandatory. Roofs facing any direction are acceptable. What you need to invest in is a well-designed system that can generate enough energy for your home’s electricity consumption needs.

What if I have a flat or low-pitched roof?

You can choose to install your solar system on a flat roof or install a tilting frame at extra cost. A slight pitch is suitable for water runoff and self-cleaning.

What size system will I need to run my home?

The size of the system will depend on the following factors: • How spacious your roof is. • Your budget. • Your power consumption needs. A smaller system is suitable for low power consumption and vice versa. • Your plans like how long you’ll live in your current home and if your power consumption is likely to increase in the future, etc.

What does a typical home solar power system consist of?

A typical home solar energy system mainly comprises the following components: • Panels – They convert sunlight into DC (Direct Current) electricity and then feed it to the inverter. • Inverter – The inverter converts the DC electricity produced by the panels to AC electricity, which is used to power the appliances in your home. Inverters can also record the amount of electricity produced. • Bi-directional meter – This exists in systems that linked to the utility grid. It measures the amount of power used from the grid and sent back to the grid. • Mounting System – Mounting systems are used to fix the panels to roofs, buildings, or any other surface.

If my energy requirements increase, can I upgrade the system?

Yes, you can upgrade your system by adding additional panels. If the existing inverter does not support the additional panels, an additional inverter can be installed.

What is the ideal time to buy solar energy?

Solar suppliers will always say that “now” is the best time. However, the best time to buy is when you are ready to invest, have done your research and understand what your needs are. Additionally, when government rebates are available and/or there are sales by solar energy suppliers are also great times to consider investing.

How much does a solar panel cost?

The price of solar panels varies significantly from supplier to supplier. However, the main factors that affect the price are: • The type of solar panels you want to purchase. • The number of panels needed. • The warranties and guarantees involved. • Type of inverter needed for each panel. • The suppliers’ reputation and longevity in the market

How to choose an ideal supplier?

Finding the best suppliers can be quite troublesome. You can start by approaching a few sellers and asking for a quote. It would be best if you focused on the following factors while choosing the supplier: • Check to see if their quote matches your budget. • The quality and suitability of the product offered. • Installation assistance and warranties included. • The reputation of the supplier.

What are the different types of solar panel available?

Solar panels are classified into three types: • Monocrystalline: They comprise of one crystalline structure and convert 15%-21% of the absorbed solar energy into useable electricity. They are the most expensive type. • Polycrystalline: they are comprised of multi-crystalline cells and have an energy efficiency level of 13-16%. They are cheaper but are also less heat tolerant. • Thin Film: They have very low energy efficiency and aren’t suitable for residential premises. However, they are ideal for commercial and agricultural properties as multiple panels can be installed at the same time.