How do Solar Panels Work?
The solar energy production process begins with the installation of photovoltaic panels (solar panels) on your roof. These are usually mounted on a slope directly facing the sun. We position them to produce best results. The number we use depends on the size of your roof and the amount of energy you are hoping to produce.
Once we have installed the panels, we connect them via cabling to an inverter at your property. Which, in turn, we connect to your home wiring system. The solar panels, which are made of a conducting material like silicon, harness power from the sun’s rays even on cloudy days, albeit to a lesser extent to create electricity. Read More about How Solar Panels Work.
How much money will I save by installing solar?
Answer: The dollar value saved by installing solar changes from property to property. This is due to a number of variables. The variables include angle of your building to the sun, pitch angle of your roof and power usage of the property. Generally it makes financial sense to install Solar. Let us evaluate your property and give you an estimate of how much you will save from your power bill.
Is Solar power a good option for my business?
Answer: If your business has a steady electricity demand especially during daytime hours then solar power can make big inroads into your electricity bill. If you are paying more than 15c/kWH for your power then we need to talk. It is also a viewed positively to be environmentally aware in todays society and having solar can help the image of your business.
Do solar power systems require maintenance?
Answer: Solar power systems are relatively maintenance free as there are no moving parts. Ideally your panels should have a yearly clean at minimum to clear any dirt build up or bird droppings that may have occurred. This is done with a soft brush and water. We offer a yearly clean service to all our customers for a small fee as we understand not everyone likes to spend time on their roof!
How long does it take for my power savings to equal the cost of solar power system?
Answer: This varies from one property to the next. Depending on what you are paying for power and how much you use daily. Also to be taken into account is the cost of your install as some are more difficult than others. As part of our free no obligation consultation we will give you a reasonably accurate assessment of the time frame for your return on investment.
With solar will I still have power in a power cut?
Answer: Most grid tied solar power systems will not supply electricity to your property in the event of a power cut. However after some recent technological advancements it can now be done. During the consultation phase we will ask you if this is a feature you would like and we will design your system accordingly.