- Inspect the condition of your roof
Solar panel systems are a rooftop installation. So, before any solar panels can go up there, you need to ensure that your roof is in good condition. This will help prevent you from wasting time and money on installing, un-installing and then reinstalling your panels if you will shortly require a new roof.
Your roof should be strong, have no leaks and should be able to support your new solar panels. It can be dangerous if too much weight is put on your roof which it cannot support. It could cause some damage to the structure, to the panels or possibly collapse your roof. For a weaker roof, additional supports can be installed to strengthen your roof’s load bearing capacity before an installation.
How do I check my roof’s condition?
If you aren’t sure about the condition of your roof, our solar installers at Solar System Pty Ltd. can arrange a free visit to inspect your roof to recommend whether you should take any action first before installing a solar energy system.
- Measure the slope or tilt of your roof
The slope or tilt of your roof plays a big factor in how effectively your panels pick up solar energy and generate power.
20 to 30 degrees is generally considered the optimum amount of slope for maximum output. In Australia, most houses have a roof that falls within these measures, so most likely you have nothing to worry about here. However, having a roof of at least 10 degrees is recommended to allow rainwater and falling debris to slide off your solar panels for self-cleaning.
In the cases of a flat roof, or a marginal slope, our solar installers can also add a tilting frame to maximize the efficiency of your solar panels.
- How much sun does your location get?
If you live in a sunny location, you will benefit the most out of your solar systems.
The amount of sunlight your location can expect will also determine just how much of an output your panels can provide. As well as whether your house would benefit more from thermal, or light based PV cells.
So, if you are looking to do more research yourself for how suitable an installation would be, get information on how sunny your area is. Also check out if there are any shadow overcast from surrounding structures, as this can impact lighting too.
Solar System Maintenance
You’ve probably asked: “what can I expect to be different about my day to day?”
The good news when installing a solar system is that it generally takes care of itself. There’s nothing generally that you need to do differently when you are using solar power.
However, if you don’t also have a solar battery installed, we would recommend that you would get the best benefit out of your solar system if you focus most of your electricity usage during daylight hours.
When it comes to maintenance, you can also rest easy knowing that it is a task that you don’t have to perform too often. Solar panels are mostly self-cleaning. Created with a strong non-porous surface and installed with a tilt, you can trust that rainwater and gravity will do most of the cleaning for your panels. For the best results however, we would still recommend hiring professionals or cleaning your panels yourself with the right gear once every 2 years. You should also hire a solar technician to every 5 years to inspect and check that everything is in order.
For more information on how to safely clean your solar panels, read more information here: Top 3 things you need to know about solar panel cleaning.
Inspections and Paperwork
Whenever you are making a major change to the home, you can rightfully expect that will be some steps that need to be taken beforehand.
However, a good solar installer will take care of arranging all appointments and handling the paperwork, so you won’t have to.
At Solar System Pty. Ltd., we’ll also take care of all of the paperwork to get your system approved, as well as the money-back incentives from current solar rebates.
The Experts in Solar Energy Systems
Solar System Pty. Ltd. are able to provide all the solutions you need for a proficient energy system. Our solar installers will look after all your requirements for your solar system from start to finish.
We’re offering all home owners a free solar assessment to assist people across Sydney with understanding how their household can benefit from their own clean energy system, based on their location and usage. Call 1800 975 270, or email [email protected].