With the cost of electricity skyrocketing with no signs of stopping, it makes sense to look for more environmentally friendly and cost effective options for your home. Switching to solar power is an exciting step for a household or business to take, and you will soon see many benefits and returns on your investment. Before this point however, it is vital to undertake thorough research and planning on how your household or business will implement your solar energy plan.
Before committing to solar power it is important to first determine whether this form of renewable energy is right for you. Correspondance with an experience solar panel consultant is integral to finding the right solar power plan for your needs. Follow these four simple steps to take the leap into the future with solar power.
Step 1: Do Your Research
Before taking any steps, you must first do your research. Your research should include the different types of solar panels that are available, and which may work best for home or business.
With this in mind, it is then time to research different accredited solar power providers. While the price of solar has gone down, the cost of installation is still quite expensive. However, some providers offer flexible payment solutions including loans. Before you decide that solar panels are out of your budget it’s important to check out the types of Government incentives and rebates that available for you to take advantage of. You can save thousands by simply taking advantage of these Government incentives!
Step 2: Plan and Choose your Solar Power System
Once you’ve found your accredited provider, it is time to work with them to plan and choose a solar system that will suit your needs and your property. There are three different types of household solar systems for generating electricity:
Grid-connect systems: Allows you to feed unused solar energy directly into the power grid.
Off-grid systems: Allows complete independence from any outside utility provider.
Hybrid systems: Only uses traditional utility power as a backup. Rather than funnelling your excess solar energy back into a power grid, you store it yourself.
The type of solar power system that is installed will depend on a number of factors including:
- Whether you are looking to supplement your home electricity or power a commercial property.
- Your energy consumption: There is no point wasting money or energy installing a high cost, high power system when you’ve got a low consumption rate.
- Your budget.
- How much of your energy consumption you want to generate with solar.
- The physical space that is available on your roof or property.
- The characteristics of the space.
- Whether your roof is shaded or unshaded.
Step 3: Install Your System
Installing your system does take a few hours. Times will vary depending on your system size, if you have a single or double-storey house and the positioning of the inverter.
Step 4: Connect to the grid
An independent assessor or distributor representative will do a house visit to inspect your solar system and connect it to the grid. An electrical grid is simply an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers.
The accessor will run all the necessary checks to ensure your system is correctly installed and functioning properly before leaving your property.
Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year and is now predicted as becoming dominant form of power, both on an industrial and individual scale. By doing your research, choosing an accredited supplier and the right solar panels for your needs; you will enjoy a smooth transition into the world of solar energy.