Are you considering switching to domestic solar power and looking to install solar panels at your Auckland home? While solar power has many benefits there are several things to consider before installing panels.
Here are our top questions to ask before installing solar panels at your place
Is your roof suitable for solar panels?
It is generally easier to install solar panels on metal roofs. However, it is possible to install on other types of roof such as tiles. Roofs should be structurally sound and able to hold a reasonable weight. Solar panels work best with a good tilt so if you have a flat roof you may need additional framing to tilt the panels. There may also be issues if you have overhanging trees that will cause shadows.
Does your roof face in the right direction for maximum benefit?
North facing roofs are obviously best for the maximum solar benefit, but north-west or north-east facing roofs. Even easterly facing for morning sun can work.
Is your electrical system suitable for solar power?
Once you have installed solar panels they need to be connected with an inverter and wiring. You will need to make sure that your house wiring is suitable and may need to upgrade if you live in an older property.
What size solar set up do you need?
This will depend very much on your electricity consumption and the size of your roof. You should not get a set up which is too big as you may not see a good return on your investment.
How much electricity do you or can you use during the day?
The people that best stand to save money with solar power tend to be those who can use a lot of electricity during the day when power is being produced. Good examples are people who are retired or work from home, or who can run appliances like washing machines during the day. Businesses that have steady daily electricity usage can also benefit.
Can you afford the initial outlay?
The initial outlay when you install solar panels can be considerable so you need to budget accordingly. Once your system is installed on-going costs are minimal.
Do you need council consent to install solar panels?
You may need council consent depending on your location and the type of property you own. Auckland Council and Hamilton Council both have information about their requirements so you can check if consent is needed.
If you plan to install solar panels, make sure it is done by a professional reputable company
Once you have decided to install solar panels, you need to choose a company to install them. Doran Solar installs solar panels across Auckland and down to Hamilton and offers free consultations to help you work out the best domestic solar set up for your home or commercial solar package for your business.
We are registered electricians and carry out all installations ourselves rather than contracting them out. So, you can be sure that all the work is done to the highest standard.
If you’d like to know more about whether solar power is right for you, then get in touch to arrange your no-obligation consultation.