Top 5 Things You Should Consider Before Opting for Solar
5 factors you should know before installing solar panels at your place:
Using solar energy is the most eco-friendly and sustainable way to reduce your ever-increasing energy bill.
But many consumers come across this prominent question “What to consider while buying solar panels?” or “What are the things to consider before installing solar panels at your location?”
Here in this article, we have tried to answer this question.
Choosing a solar panel that will match your requirements and support your roof’s durability is an important decision since solar panels are going to be on your roof for 25 to 30 years.
- Types of solar energy systems-
When it comes to the thinking of installing solar panels the energy requirement and location become crucial tasks.
In key urban cities where there are minimal power cuts, an on-grid solar energy system is most suited which is connected to the power grid system and is the most common type used in residential applications.
If the location is a tier 2 city where power cuts are common, a hybrid solar energy system (combination of on-grid and off-grid) would be a good option to opt for, thus ensuring a reduction in electricity bills and also catering for energy during power cuts as well.
If the location is an isolated one with no grid connection, then an off-grid system is the best option. In an off-grid system, energy is stored in the battery during the daytime when the solar panel generates electricity, and the battery supplies power during nighttime (or cloudy weather).
- Rooftop feasibility- To get maximum sunlight on the panels, the rooftop needs to be free from shadows. Trees, tank towers, and headrooms cast shadows over your solar panels which will hamper their performance. Hence, keep the solar panels clean from dirt and leaves to ensure maximum efficiency and keep nearby plants trimmed. Do not make any alterations to your roof which will cast shadows on the solar panels or damage the electrical connections or physically affect the solar panels. If the rooftop is used occasionally, opt for a high-rise elevated design structure which will provide more space.
- Modular technology- When going for solar installation, choosing the right type of solar panel is a crucial task to ensure the long life of the solar plant. Solar panels are responsible for converting solar radiation into the required electrical energy.
Solar photovoltaic panels are generally available as full/half-cut monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels.
For residential users, monocrystalline solar panels are the most preferred ones.
It’s a wise decision to go for the pro variant (half-cut mono/poly solar panel), as it offers higher efficiency compared to the conventional solar panel in the same size and area.
In the market, one can find different types and brands of solar panels, and choosing the right type and brand of solar panels is a vital task.
(Tip: Don’t just go by the brand name or buy the panel which your neighbor might have brought as the type of solar panel varies with the individual energy and space requirement)
- Manufacturer & Installer – Solar panel typically is a long-term investment, with a lifespan of a minimum of 25 years. Servicing and maintenance will be done for the panels to ensure optimum performance and efficiency. Hence, it is essential to choose a well-established installer, who provides long-term customer service and a warranty.
- Certification – Quality certification and standards for Solar PV systems are essential for safe, high-performing, and long-lasting systems. It is also imperative to put in place an efficient and rigorous monitoring mechanism, and adherence to these standards. Hence, all components of a Solar PV system/ plant must conform to the relevant standards and certifications.
Once you’ve carefully paid attention to these factors, you can make an informed decision to approach the solar installer of your choice.
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