Installing a residential solar panel system is an exciting adventure for many. Don’t believe us? Well, the statistics speak for themselves. To date, more than 2-million homes feature solar panels on their roofs and there’s no sign of the figures ending there.
If you’ve decided that a residential solar panel system is right for you, you’ll be pleased to learn there’s never been a better time to invest. At the same time, you still need to approach your installation carefully, as mistakes can become costly. Fortunately, we’re here to highlight which mistakes are preventable and how you can avoid them.
Not getting an accurate quote for your residential solar panel system
When you first start looking for residential solar panel systems, it’s tempting to grab a quick quote online. However, these quotes rarely take onboard the precise amount of detail a trained technician will look for. In contrast, the technicians who work for Arise Solar will investigate the following:
- The types of energy you currently use and what you use them for
- The type of devices you have in your property, both large and small
- The number of people who live in your home
- Whether anybody in your house is present throughout the day for work or parenting purposes
- Factors such as insulation, medical devices, and anything else that can affect your electricity use
Although the list above doesn’t include everything we take into account when calculating your quote, it does provide a small idea of how much detail is required. When you don’t have an accurate quote, you may head towards a 5kW solar system when really you need a 6.6kW solar system. In other words, accuracy is central to finding the right residential solar panel system for you.
Selling energy back to the grid without looking into battery storage
When your residential solar panel system produces more energy than you can use, the default position is usually to sell it back to the grid. However, this may not always make sense. The energy that’s sold back to the grid when you don’t have a battery storage system heads there during peak solar power production hours. If you later rely on the grid for electricity use at night, you’re paying a higher price to buy back your own energy than you sold it for.
As an alternative, you might want to invest in a battery storage system. Doing so allows you to use the excess energy from your residential solar panel system. If this prevents you from buying your energy back from the grid at an inflated price, you’ll save money.
Failing to clean and maintain your residential solar panel system regularly
Although your residential solar panel system is designed to last for 20 to 25 years, it will only continue to enjoy peak performance during these periods if you pay some attention to it. To ensure you get as much use as you can from your system for at least two decades, you’ll need to use cleaning and maintenance services.
At Arise Solar, we provide cleaning and maintenance services for residential solar panel systems throughout Australia. By cleaning your system regularly, you prevent a fine layer of dirt from limiting the sun’s rays from accessing the panel cells. Additionally, looking for small maintenance issues on a regular basis stops them from snowballing into bigger repairs later.
At Arise Solar, we’re committed to helping our customers avoid residential solar panel system mistakes. If you would like to learn more about our system sizes, brands, or solar panel services, call us at 1300 274 737 or fill out our contact form.