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Your Guide To Solar System Installation

Did you know you could save huge amounts in your solar system installation cost by doing (at least some) of the work yourself? Follow our tips to find out how!

 Where To Put Solar Panels

Solar panels always go on the roof, right? Well no, not always. And even without including portable solar panels, which may be used when camping and other off the grid adventures in Melbourne, there are more places to put solar panels than you might have realised.  It might surprise you to know that solar panels can also go on the ground. Sometimes, if a roof is not suitable, or possible, then a solar panel can be mounted at ground level. The main proviso is that there is, well, sunshine! As long as there is nothing blocking your portable or mounted solar panels then you can place them quite securely in your backyard or garden.

Residents Guide To Installing Solar Panels

SCAFFOLDING: First, you will need to put scaffolding up for your and everyone else’s safety. This is assuming the solar panels are going on a roof, anyway.

MOUNTS: You will need a complete mounting system, something to add to the installation cost. The mounting panels act as a support for the solar panel base. You must tilt the mount at an angle of 18 to 36 degrees, for the best results.

INSTALL: Now that the mounts are up, the panels themselves should be fit to the mounting structure. Pay special attention to the nuts and bolts, tightening them so they don’t slip in a wind.

WIRE: Now the panels need to be wired in. If you are not technically qualified it is advisable to call an electrician to complete the wiring of the solar panels. Usually, MC4 connectors are used because they work with all kinds of solar panels. It should go without saying that the mains electrical supply should be shut off during this process!

INVERTER: After the wiring, a solar inverter is connected to the solar panels. This usually goes close to the main panel and may be inside or outside. It is advisable to keep the inverters in a cool place. But if you have to place it outside, put it away from the noonday sun. Melbourne residents installing solar panels often place the inverter in the garage as they are usually cool and ventilated.

BATTERY: Now your inverter is up and running, it should be connected to the solar battery. This is vital if you want to be able to use electricity when it’s cool or cloudy outside – crazy but true, even in Melbourne there are some days when the sun doesn’t shine! Solar panels with a backup solar battery will save on your bank account.

CONSUMER UNIT – Next, the inverter is connected to the consumer unit. This will enable it to produce electricity. You should also install a generation meter, to monitor your electricity usage. This way you can keep tabs on the performance and efficacy of your solar system installation. This can be helpful for many reasons. Knowing what times of day generates the most power might help you decide when to run your washing machine, for example.

TEST: Now you’re all done, the only thing to do is to switch the kettle on and make a cup of tea to test out your new solar energy system! And don’t forget to check out the solar hot water system installation when you come to wash it up!

Five Reasons To Consider Installing Solar Panels In Melbourne?

Even in 2020 you may be surprised at the advantages that solar panels can bring. So, we have compiled the five top reasons to buy solar panels for your Melbourne property!

SOLAR SYSTEM INSTALLATION COST HAS COME DOWN A LOT!

Over the years, the price of solar panels has come down massively in Melbourne. A recent U.S. study showed it was far less costly to buy solar panels in 2020 than it had been in 2004 (a drop of 75%!) Melbourne is no exception to that trend, and so it makes sense to install the most energy efficient technology you can afford to heat your home.

SOLAR POWER CAN HEAT UP YOUR HOME – AND COOL IT DOWN AGAIN!

Some people may wonder why you need to buy solar panels to heat up a home somewhere as hot as Melbourne, but of course, the electricity they generate can also be used to cool it down again. This is just one reason to consider an up-to-date solar panel system in your home.

SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM INSTALLATION MAKES SENSE

The design of your home can affect the type of water heating system you can consider, but whichever design you have, it should be possible for complete solar hot water system installation.

Heat pump water heaters are the best method to produce plentiful hot water for a home. These use the same technology as a mini split heat pump. However, if your home lacks space, then it is possible to use either a highly-insulated electric tank or an on demand electric unit. Whilst both these systems offer advantages, they are not as efficient as the heat pump water heater.

SOLAR ENERGY CAN POWER YOUR CAR TOO!

As well as powering your home, did you know that solar energy could also recharge your electric car as well? And even if you do not own an electric vehicle today, there’s a good chance that you may do in the future!

It will be possible to charge your electric car from the home, just like any other device. If you are producing an excess of power, this can be transformed into energy to fuel your car. The average electric car uses nine solar panels for 12000 miles per year! Remember, this energy will be cheap (possibly free) and therefore really is something to factor into your sums when working out the solar system installation cost!

THREE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WITH SOLAR PANELS

OFF GRID – This is where your home is not connected to the grid and uses solar panels – or a fossil fuel generator – to provide power, as well as batteries for a baseload power. For most people, this isn’t a practical option, but it might be if you live somewhere so far off the beaten track that it’s hard to connect your home to the mains. Believe it or not, there are some people off the grid in Melbourne reliant on solar panels for their energy!

GRID TIED – Most homes in Melbourne are grid tied, this means they are still connected to the mains, but when possible, their solar panels will be generating power. However, when it rains you can still keep the lights on!

GRID TIED WITH BATTERY BACKUP – This has the advantage of both the grid and off grid systems, as you can produce as much power as you need, but still have backup from a battery when needed.

These are only five of the best reasons to consider solar panels – there are many more!