For many Australians, building a new own home is one of the biggest events of their lives, so it’s important to ensure you have all the boxes ticked before starting the build. With the cost of electricity ever increasing, it is becoming more and more beneficial for a home to have solar panels installed, but a lot of people planning to build a home decide to add this later.
If solar power isn’t on your ‘to-do’ list, here are 5 reasons why you should reconsider your options, and look to it in the initial planning of the home build.
1. Plan an optimal roof for the panels
Since more than 20% of roofs in Australia are not suitable for solar panels, you need to ensure that the roof structure can take the weight of the panels, as changes to the roof design once it’s built, can be costly.
Also remember that solar panels installed on flat roofs need to be installed at an angle to capture as much sunlight as possible, so it might be cheaper to go with a traditional roof design, if you want to install solar panels.
Solar panels are best installed on the north side of your roof, but if that’s not possible, the western aspect is your next option. So careful planning will ensure you maximise the efficiency of the solar system.
2. Potential rebates and solar incentives
Whilst the solar incentive scheme and Government rebates seem to change every year, having solar will still allow you to receive pay-back for the electricity you feed into the grid, offsetting your power bills.
The Essential Services Commission has made a draft decision to alter the minimum Victorian feed-in tariff (FiT) rates from July 1, 2018. This would mean solar customers could get as much as 29 c/kWh at peak times of the week if the new rates are applied. Such a move will make a significant reduction in your overall costs.
3. Choose suitable locations for equipment
Whilst the panels are on the roof, the inverter and battery system (if you decide to go this route) need to be installed at ground level. The inverter needs to be near the electrical panel and any battery arrays need to be kept out of the weather and within a reasonable distance from the inverter and electrical panel as well.
Even if you don’t want to install batteries immediately, it pays to ensure that there is ample room for a battery system in the future.
4. Complete the installation during the build
It’s much quicker and cheaper to lay all the cables through the walls during the build and before the walls have been gyprocked. It’s also a good idea to install an upgraded electrical panel right at the start, so that if you don’t install solar panels during the build, at least you won’t have to pay to have your electricity panel upgraded for the installation at a later date. The best idea however, is to install the panels during the new build, so they are ready to go as soon as everything is hooked up.
5. Start saving you money from day 1
With the solar panels installed, all the cabling hooked up and your electricity provider onboard with your solar input, you will start to save money immediately. Moving into your new home knowing that your power bills will no longer break the bank is a huge incentive to go the extra mile and have them installed during the build.
For more information on including solar power in your new build home in Victoria, call us on 1300 374 357 or request a quote above.