10 Questions to Ask Before You Consider Installing Solar Panels

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June 15, 2020

10 Questions to Ask Before You Consider Installing Solar Panels

Solar is now a mainstream source of power for many homes — it is no longer just a cultural statement for sustainability enthusiasts. And although solar only accounts for less than 6 per cent of Australia’s power production, Australia still ranks among the top 50 countries ready to embrace green energy according to the 2019 Energy Transition Index.

Harvesting and utilising solar power at home is an excellent way to drastically cut domestic energy costs while also contributing to energy sustainability. There is probably a lot you may not know about solar energy, which is why we have compiled a list of 10 important questions to ask before deciding to go solar.

1. How Much Power Can Solar Panels Generate?

A typical solar panel generates between 250 and 360 watts of electricity from four hours of exposure to full sunlight. Your home’s location and average power consumption will determine the total number of panels you have to install.

2. Is My Roof Suitable for Solar Installation?

Any roof built to standard specs should be strong enough to support solar panels. Just make sure to fix any damages on your roof before the installation.

3. Which Are the Best Solar Panels to Use?

There are three main types of solar panels: monocrystalline, thin-film, and polycrystalline. They all work in the same way but vary in performance, appearance, and cost. The characteristics of the desired system determine which type to use.

4. How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

Solar panels can run at optimal efficiency for up to 25 years. Most vendors offer comprehensive and extended warranties on their panels.

5. Do I Need to Service the Solar Panels After Installation?

You only have to clean or dust the panels’ surfaces occasionally.

6. How Do I Get Power When It Goes Dark?

Solar panels store the electricity they generated during daytime in batteries so it can later be used when there is no sunshine.

7. Does the Government Subsidise the Installation and Purchase of Solar Panels?

The government does offer incentives to help homeowners purchase renewable energy generators through programs such as SRES. Check your eligibility to such rebates before installing a solar system.

8. Is It Better to Lease or to Buy?

This depends on whichever payment plan works better for your housing and financial situation, and your supplier’s terms.

9. Can I Feed My Excess Solar Energy Back to the Grid System?

Currently, Australia does not have a nationalised solar feed-in system, but you can check in your local area for state-run programs.

10. How Do I Find the Best Solar Panel Installer in Australia?

Choose a reputable solar vendor or installation service that guarantees good value for money and reliability. Look no further for solar panels Australia than Arise Solar. We offer solar installation services at competitive prices without compromising quality. Visit https://arisesolar.com.au or call us on 1300 274 737 to learn more about what we do.

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