Due to the pandemic, many of us are now working or studying from home. This increases the energy use in a typical household. Solar Victoria maintains the current solar panel rebates value of up to $1,400 plus the option of an interest-free loan until 30th June 2022. It would be a great idea to take this opportunity to install a solar panel system in your home.
Things to consider when you are choosing a solar panel system:
Solar panels come in a variety of sizes. It is essential to discuss with your installer to find out how many panels can be installed onto your roof & if the overall system would be sufficient & efficient for your household.
How much unobstructed roof space without shading from vegetation and adjacent buildings does your house have?
Install solar panels on the Northern facing roof if possible. Orienting them this way guarantees the most solar radiation throughout the year. However, an adequately combined Eastern & Western facing roof can be fairly efficient too.
Inverter (and battery)
Install the inverter externally and make sure it’s easily accessible at eye level and preferably close to the switchboard.
Make sure to install inverter away from direct sunlight and under an eave for weather protection to ensure a longer life span.
The inverter requires energy from the solar system to operate too. It is wiser to invest in a better inverter as it requires lower energy. They also enable the system to collect solar energy for a longer period of time, making the whole system more efficient.
Brackets for the solar panels
Ensure that the solar panel brackets are suitable for your roofing material.
If you have a galvanised roof, ensure that the brackets being installed are galvanized or anodized aluminium. Other types of metal may cause the galvanised roof to rust.
Half-cell and full-cell solar panels
Half-cell modules produce more power and are more efficient and reliable than their full-cell counterparts.
Ensure full sun access for full-cell solar panels, as when partly shadowed by any structure or trees, the whole panel will cease to function. However, in the same situation, a half-cell module would still function to a certain extent and continue to collect solar energy.
Click here to view more info on the current rebate offered by Solar Victoria.