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How to Plan for Solar While Building a New Home?

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By photonenergysolutionsPublished 5 years ago 3 min read
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Going Solar is now the utmost trend among Australians. Thanks to government measures and support for promoting the solar revolution. The Council of Sydney is trying to make the city run 100% on renewable energy by 2030. The plan was discussed in 2014 with the blueprints publicly. Solar Cities is a demonstration program designed to promote solar power, smart meters, and energy conservation in urban locations throughout Townsville and Queensland of Australia. An average-sized system (roughly five kilowatts) will cost between $25,000 and $35,000. Larger installations will require more hardware, planning and construction time. Government rebates, flexible payment options, and upgraded pv solar technologies have further boosted the solar drive.

If you are planning a new home, keep the following things in mind to go Solar.

Things to keep in mind while planning a Solar Home

Land Layout:

The selection of land is very important. To a block of land with a steep hill on the northern or eastern side, the sun won’t hit the solar panels until much later in the day compared to a flat block or one with a hill on the southern or western side. The shade is another vital factor as a nearby, multistory building or a tall tree might cast shade onto your solar panels. Seek advice from an expert before planning a solar home. The experienced installation team of solar technicians can advise on the best wiring, orientation and design options for your home, based on your specific location and individual needs. Pre-installing and pre-wirings save a lot of money and time too.

Designing a Solar Roof

The north-facing roof will enable the solar panels to capture 90% of the sunlight and if north-facing isn’t an option, a western orientation is the next best. No shadow zone must be given to the solar panels. Satellite dishes, TV aerials, chimneys, awnings, shade sails or air conditioning systems should be pitched on another side of the solar panel area. A home with a flat roof should have solar panels on an angle to capture as much solar energy as possible.

Rebates and solar incentives

Be aware of the new rebates scheme and recent updates so as to get the best of the solar incentives. To ensure solar installation goes as smoothly as possible, good communication plays an essential role. A solar-ready electricity meter records the usage of power and helps in maintaining the data in a well-defined structure.

Planning of Solar ready Homes

Step-1. Investigate Efficiency of House’s Energy

In the process of powering the house with solar energy, homeowners should investigate their energy use and consider potential efficiency upgrades. Homeowners should be well aware of their requirements and must consider easy-to-implement efficiency measures before choosing solar panels provided by any company. Home Energy Audits will assist in understanding where the home is losing energy and what steps to take to improve the efficiency of the home.

Step-2. Assess Solar Potential and requirements

The PV technologies use both direct and scattered sunlight to create electricity, the solar resource across Australia is ample for home solar electric systems. The amount of power generated by a solar energy system at a particular site depends on how much of the sun’s energy reaches it, and the size of the system itself. The mapping tools are available to help you determine your home’s solar energy potential. For assessing solar potential, click here.

Step-3. Estimate Your Solar Electricity Needs

Review electricity bills to determine annual electricity needs. Some utilities offer tools that can help with this review. Consider any planned changes according to the needs and requirements. Ensure that the setup can handle a solar panel array.

Step-4. Is the company properly licensed or certified?

PV Solar Systems should be installed by a licensed installer and the contractor has a valid electrician’s license. Moreover, solarize programs may require to work with a specific installer to receive the discounted system price and warranty of the solar panel must also be check. Solar-friendly measures must be ensured by the involved company.

Hope this article will help the readers to plan their solar home. For more informations, visit our site www.photonenergysolutions.com.au.

Phоtоn Energy Solutions іѕ an Australian owned company specializing in rеѕіdеntіаl & соmmеrсіаl ѕоlаr photovoltaic еnеrgу systems and ѕtоrаgе solutions. We source рrоduсtѕ thаt hаvе bееn tested іn Auѕtrаlіа’ѕ harsh conditions and meet or exceed Australian and International quality and compliance standards. We are specialized in grid-connected stand-alone PV Solar and Hybrid solutions.


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