It’s the question many Australian homeowners are asking themselves right now, “Should I get solar panels?”
Homes come in every shape, size and orientation. Your home is unique, and your solar system should be too! It’s still a common misconception that solar systems are one size fits all. That is definitely not the case.
At SunEnergy we have a team of solar experts that take your unique needs into account and tailor a solution that works for you.
There are a number of questions we hear all the time from people considering solar but not sure if their home is suitable. Let us help you by answering them.
What size solar system?
When starting to research which solar system would be the best for your home you’ll notice the huge selection of different sizes available. It can become overwhelming to decipher through all the information out there. The truth is there’s no one size fits all approach to solar systems.
At SunEnergy we assess your home’s energy usage and create a solution that will meet your needs now, and into the future. That being said our most popular systems are 6.6kw and 8kw. These work best for a typical home’s energy profile.
Orientation of building for solar
The building’s orientation can affect the solar system’s performance, but not as much as you’d think. North facing panels are often known as the optimal option. But did you know that east and west facing solar panels can also generate a great amount of energy?
Even taking this all into account, it can differ greatly depending on what part of Australia you are located. This means that if you’re in Adelaide it could be north, on the other hand in Brisbane it could be south. Once a street address is provided SunEnergy can determine which specific direction suits your home.
While there may be a preferred direction, some are just a guide, and you can still enjoy solar power if the optimal location isn’t available.
But my house has shading! Will solar work?
There’s a common misconception that shading means your home is unsuitable for a solar system. This isn’t the case! With newer technology you are able to install an optimised system that can still perform exceedingly well even in partial shade.
To put it simply, there are two types of solar systems, String and optimised.
String systems operate as a whole system as one connected together to create a “string”. These systems are often cheaper but if one panel is shaded then it will affect the performance of the entire system.
Optimised systems are a way around this issue, since their panels operate independently, the performance of a single panel won’t affect the entire system.
Optimisation is an important part of the design process when tailoring your system for your unique home. An assessment is performed on each home before solar is installed to determine which system would be right for you.
Can solar power my whole home?
Absolutely! A properly designed solar system can produce enough energy to power your entire home during the day. If there is any excess this will get exported through the grid to your energy retailer who will use any credits stored to cover night time use before charging you.
Luckily for us, Australia has some of the highest hours of sunlight in the world. Only getting better during spring and summer with an average of seven to eight hours of sunshine per day. This means more efficient solar systems!
Should I get solar panels? YES! so what company should we go with?
When choosing a solar retailer to go with, a priority should be checking for a CEC accreditation and feedback on Google reviews. This means the solar installation company complies with a code set by the Clean Energy Council of Australia. Any company with over 100 reviews and a score of 4.5 stars or above are more likely to facilitate a quality solar installation.
With so many great credentials, SunEnergy is your first choice when looking for solar in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. Enquire now for a quick quote and see how much you can save on energy bills with our ‘Pay As You Save’ solar program.
- 4.6 star rating on Google reviews
- Clean Energy Council accredited
- And Top 5 solar installers in South Australia for 2019 and 2020
*Allowable system sizes and feed in tariffs do vary by state and region. Please consult your local electricity provider or council for more information.