Factors To Consider When Choosing Solar Panels

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Factors To Consider When Choosing Solar Panels

26 August 2020
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Solar panels are more accessible to Aussie consumers because of the affordability of solar systems. About 2 million Australian homes have solar systems. South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland have the highest percentages of homes that are powered by solar systems. If you want to join the number of households with solar power, here are some of the considerations you need to make when buying solar panels.

Amount of Energy That Will Power Your House

Every household has different energy consumption needs. You need to put this into account when shopping for solar panels. For low energy consumption, you need fewer panels.

It's crucial to determine the average power consumption of your home. This will help you assess the number of panels necessary to power your entire home with electricity. You can consult a solar energy technician for accurate calculations of your average power consumption to ensure you install panels that are suited for your energy needs.

Differentiating Mono and Poly Solar Panels

Many solar panels are made of silicon. The difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels is the purity of the silicon used in these panels. The higher the percentage of silicon, the more efficiently the panel will convert sunlight into electricity.

Monocrystalline solar panels have a single silicon structure. These solar panels have a higher efficiency than polycrystalline panels. These solar panels are also space-efficient; this means you can produce more energy per square meter.

Polycrystalline silicon is made by melting silicon. The silicon is crafted into thin, perfect squares moulds. These panels produce a light blue square pattern. The panels are cheaper and less efficient than monocrystalline panels.

Feed-In Tariff

Many homes with solar energy in Australia have systems that are linked to the grid. This means these homes don't rely entirely on solar power for electricity; they sometimes use the primary electricity grid. It would help if you determined whether you want your solar panel system to be connected to the grid or not. One advantage of connecting to the grid is that when there is no sunlight or during evening hours, you still have access to power. If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, you need to determine the feed-in tariff.

The feed-in tariff refers to the rate paid for any excess power generated by the solar panels that is transferred back to the power grid. Your energy retailer pays for the excess power you send to the grid. The feed-in tariff depends on the state you reside in. You need to shop for the energy retailer with the best deal.

For more information on solar panels, reach out to a local solar system company.