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Design a Suitable Solar Solution

There are several types of home solar power designs in the market for you to choose from, one of them will become a solar solution applicable to your current energy profile.

A Grid Connect solar power system is recommended for you if you live in urban or sub-urban areas that are readily connected to power from the national grid. However, if you are in a remote area and the national grid power is not available, the off – grid solar remote system will be the best option for you.

The anatomy of How Solar Works and what the components do can be found here, and customers can choose to have the system installed with or without Solar Energy Storage Batteries. For a Grid Connect solar power system in Australia, while it is true that any additional electricity generated can be sold back to the grid, it is generally more advisable to utilise the solar energy generated, as the cost of buying a unit (kWh) of energy is roughly twice the feed-in tariff we will get from selling the same amount of energy back to the grid.

That being said, while investing in batteries for the solar system is more costly, you might be surprised at how fast you are able to recoup your investment through all the savings in your electricity bill. This is because the energy stored in the batteries can be used at night when your solar system is not generating electricity, thus reducing your reliance on the grid power.

To build a solar system solution for your home, the general steps can be broken down as below. The first step of course is to Understand and Calculate Electrical Usage at your home. Once this is done we now have a very good idea of your electricity consumption and the next thing to do is to physically check and assess your home before the actual installation.

These are the things we assess:

 

Switchboard / Fusebox

 

In most modern houses, there is no need to change the switchboard as long as there are spare slots for the solar systems connection. However, if your switchboard is old, or does not have enough spare slots, our technicians can easily upgrade it for you to a compatible switchboard at a minimal cost. It is always advisable to make sure your switchboard is up-to-date to prevent any fire hazard.

Inverters

 

As explained here, the DC generated from the solar panels is converted into AC, which is the type of electric current most household appliances work on. Often considered as the “brain” of the entire solar power system, it is wise to invest in an inverter manufactured by a reputable brand which should last you for many years to come. Cheap and low-quality inverters will be costly to replace and is likely to prolong your recoup period.

Inverters come in many sizes and prices vary depending on its capacity, brand and features. Some inverters have displays showing actual energy generated and current consumption, while others even allow real time wireless monitoring on your smartphones and laptops, further enabling detailed analysis of your energy usage pattern.

Wiring

 

Generally, the inverter will be installed as closed as possible to the switchboard to minimise complexity of wiring. Customers generally want the wires concealed, or at least aesthetically installed and for good reason as well, as poorly installed wires only introduce unnecessary fire hazards and other associated risks. An isolation switch will also be installed to allow total solar system disconnection should the need arise for maintenance or in the event of an emergency.

 

Solar Panel Location Profiling

 

The most common platform of choice to install your solar panels would be directly on your roof. In Australia, geographically speaking the sun spends most of the time in the Northern side of the sky, which makes sense to install the solar panels facing north, with an ideal angle of roughly 30 degrees to the horizontal level. If that is not possible, then having the solar panels facing either east of west would be the next best option, but never ever install the panels facing south!

During this stage of assessment, we will assess the suitability of your roof, taking into account various factors such as the availability of space, direction and angle of your roof, shadows and shade from possible objects nearby, such as trees or high-rise buildings, before recommending the best location for your solar panels.

The Meter

 

Traditionally, your electricity meter measures only the electricity consumed from the grid. Majority of Australian households nowadays have been installed with Smart Meters to cope with the importing and exporting of electricity. This is one of the main items on our assessment list.

Upon completing the assessment, a report detailing all the results and recommendation would be submitted to you for your approval before we proceed further with any installations.

Contact Brightcell Energy for more information and enquiries regarding how to save money with solar energy today.