What is a Solar Panel?
Solar panels convert sunlight energy into electricity without causing any form of pollution. The panels are also known as photovoltaic or PV modules.
Why Should I Use Solar Power?
Using solar power will not only reduce your electricity bill; it is also a safe, quiet and clean form of energy. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and overall air pollution. Installing a solar system can add value to your property in the event that you choose to sell at some point as well.
Is There a Difference between a Solar Power System and a Solar Hot Water System?
Yes. Solar power systems use light and silicon cells to generate power, whereas a solar hot water system uses evacuated tubes, black pipes and the sun’s warmth to heat water.
How do I Know What Size System to Buy?
Although virtually any size solar system will have an effect on reducing pollution and decreasing electricity usage, it’s usually recommended that you purchase a system that is at least 3kW in size.
How Much Will a Solar System Cost?
The cost of your system will depend on the size of the units you choose and how many appliances or items need to be operated by means of solar power. However, costs can start from around the $3,000 mark.
If I Have Solar Panels, Will I Still Have Power When It’s Dark or Cloudy?
While solar panels do need sunlight to produce electricity, this energy can be stored in batteries or even in the electricity grid cables in the case of grid-connected solar systems. As a result, you will always have power whenever it is needed.
How Reliable Are Solar Systems?
All solar systems that have been supplied and installed by accredited companies are covered by Australian Standards, and the life of the panels themselves is expected to be more than 30 years in most cases.
How Many Panels Will be Needed to Run My Home or Business?
This will depend on how much electricity you use at present. In addition, you wouldn’t need to install enough panels to run your entire home or business if you use grid-based power. You could start off with purchasing as many panels as you can currently afford and add on to the system as you can afford to do so. Our team can design a system that will meet all of your electricity needs or we can cater to the budget you have to purchase a solar system – the choice is yours.
How Long Does it Take to Install a Solar System?
Most installations take one to two days, depending on your property. Your home or business will be inspected to determine what will be needed during the installation, and installation includes connecting the solar system to mains power, installing the inverter and installing and framing the solar panels. However, installation doesn’t include changing over of the electrical meter – this will be billed by your electricity provider.
Won’t Solar Panels Damage My Roof?
Most roofs have been designed to carry a fair amount of weight, meaning that they will hold panels without having to be reinforced. The panel frames are attaches to the rafters of a house so that the load is carried by the roofing structure instead of the material itself. All penetrations made to mount these panels are fully waterproofed afterwards to ensure that no leaking occurs.
Will Solar Panels Survive Hailstorms?
Yes. They are made from toughened glass, which is virtually indestructible.
Do the Electricians Installing the Product Need to be Certified?
Yes. This ensures that the products supplied and the installation is performed according to current Australian Standards.
If you have any additional questions about installing or maintaining a solar system, contact our team at Solar Panels Melbourne today.