If you don’t already have solar power installed on your property, the whole topic can be very confusing. So, if you want to investigate solar power more thoroughly, but keep getting confused by all the jargon, here are the answers to nine of the most commonly asked questions.
1. How does solar power work?
When the sun’s rays hit the solar panels on your roof, it is turned into DC current electricity. The problem is that your home uses AC current electricity, which is why you need to install an inverter. The inverter changes the DC current to AC current, which can then be used in your home with the excess fed into the grid.
2. Will solar panels generate electricity on cloudy or rainy days?
Solar panels will stop generating electricity at night but will still generate electricity on cloudy or rainy days, just not as much as on sunny days. To create electricity, your solar panels need direct sunlight, so whilst it doesn’t need to be a bright sunny day all the time, the more sun that reaches your panels, the more electricity is produced.
3. Does roof orientation matter?
Yes, the orientation of your solar panels will make a difference to the amount of electricity produced. A northerly orientation is best, but your solar installer will look at the orientation of your roof and place the panels in the best locations to maximise the production of electricity on your property.
4. How much money can I expect to save on my bills?
This depends on a number of factors that include how much electricity your system produces, its efficiency, how much electricity you use, the government feed-in tariff, where you live, and the rate you are charged by your electricity provider. Most people can expect a reduction of between 70% to 90% on their bills.
5. What is a feed-in tariff?
When your solar panels create more electricity than you use every day, the overflow is fed into the main grid. Your provider will pay you for this additional electricity you have not used, and this payment is called the feed-in tariff.
6. Do solar panels need cleaning?
Most quality solar panels are designed to be self cleaning in the rain. If you don’t have much rain for a period of time however, they can collect dust, debris and bird droppings that will reduce the amount of electricity produced. So it’s a good idea to regularly check your panels and clean them with a hose or cloth, as necessary. Find out more about our panel cleaning services.
7. Can solar panels create hot water?
Some people get confused about solar power, thinking that it can also create hot water, but it can’t. For solar hot water you need to install a solar hot water system, not solar panels, but you can have both!
8. Will solar panels increase the value of my home?
Yes. If you install solar panels on your roof, you will increase the value of your property. Many buyers look for properties that already have solar power installed, because they can pay lower electricity bills immediately without installing the panels themselves.
9. How does going solar help the environment?
Solar panels help the environment, because they are a renewable resource. Solar power lets you use the sun to power your home, which is a renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy.
For more information on connecting your property to solar power, call us on 1300 374 357