No doubt solar installation is beneficial, eco-friendly and an investment worth trying for your NSW home. Moreover, they have become more efficient and affordable than ever. However, if you are not convinced, asking yourself a few simple questions can help you figure out if solar is right for you or not.
What Benefits Do I Get if I Invest in Solar Power?
First things first, solar power installation is a big investment, especially for homeowners. So, you should ask yourself the reason you are going for solar energy. It can be to save on power bills or to reduce upfront costs or environmental consciousness.
However, the main reason for investing in solar power is self-consumption. To be precise, when your solar panels generate sufficient energy for your everyday consumption and energy needs, you find no need to rely on your grid electricity. Hence, you can save on your energy bills. Therefore, you need to know about your energy usage regime and your lifestyle.
This helps you determine if solar power will give you a return on investment. This, in turn, will help you find the appropriate size of the solar panel system you need. You should also check with the government incentives and schemes while installing solar power.
When Do I Use Maximum Electricity?
The best time for maximum self-consumption is during peak sunlight hours. That’s when your solar panels will generate the most power. Moreover, the excess energy will be automatically sent to the grid, gaining you some incentive from your energy retailer. If you consume more electricity during the day, your solar power will pay you back in 3 to 5 years.
What Is My Roof Orientation?
Since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, north-facing roofs are the most productive roof slant for solar energy in NSW. Then comes the west-facing roofs, producing only 15% less total annual solar energy output than the north-facing roofs.
What Is the Angle of My Roof?
The ideal roof pitch or roof angle for maximum generation of solar energy in NSW is 20 to 30 degrees. However, solar panels can also be installed on roofs with slants ranging from 10 to 35 degrees as they only have a negligible efficiency loss.
How Big Is My Roof?
Instead of asking if your roof is big enough or has the required square foot, you could also consider asking how many solar panels my roof would accommodate. Depending upon your electricity usage and the efficiency of solar panels, the number of solar panels you need will differ. So accordingly, you’ll know if your roof is sufficient or not for solar panel installation.
Is My Roof Shaded?
Solar panels work the best when the sun hits directly on them without any disruption. If your roof receives shade from trees or other buildings, it will affect the solar power output.
We know that finding answers to all these questions by yourself is a little bit overwhelming. You need assistance from expert solar installers to help find the right solar power system based on your needs and roof factors.
Reach out to us at Always Energy if you are looking for skilled solar installers in the Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads, Newcastle, Taree and Coffs Harbour areas of NSW.