As one of Ballarat’s most trusted solar installers, we understand that it can be difficult to know where to start when considering home solar. To help, we’ve put together this easy guide.
There are two main hardware parts to a residential solar system: the panels and the inverter.
We prefer using monocrystalline panels because they are more efficient than polycrystalline panels. We also recommend you buy a quality brand that will last 25+ years, because budget no-name panels may not last any longer than 3-5 years on an Australian roof.
The inverter converts the DC electricity the solar panels produce into the 240V AC power that you use in your home. The inverter works pretty hard over its lifetime, so we recommend sticking with premium brands like Goodwe, Fronius, Sungrow or SolarEdge.
Your Power Usage
To get an idea of the system you’ll need, find out how much electricity you use at home by looking at your electricity bill, or contacting your electricity retailer. We can also help by reading your bill for you.
It’s important to note that when you generate solar electricity it’s used first by your appliances. Only the surplus will be exported to the grid.
Your electricity retailer will pay a small amount for each kWh exported to the grid. However, it’s better to use the solar power yourself because it is about 2-3 times more cost-effective than power exported to the grid.
Adding a battery to your home solar system can be a game-changer.
A battery can help maximise the value of your solar investment because you can store excess solar energy generated during the day and use it at night. And if your system generates more than the battery can store, it will be exported to the grid.
A battery will also make a world of difference if you live in a rural area and experience frequent power blackouts.
With battery prices continuing to fall, there are also a number of excellent Tesla battery alternatives such as LG and BYD.
If you’re not ready to go with a battery option just yet, we can ensure your system is ‘battery ready’, so when the time does come it’s very easy to go off-grid.
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