Do you know that even if you install the most expensive brands of solar panels, a little obstruction such as litter, debris, leaves or the like can easily halve the productivity of your panels? The prospect of such a miscalculation is often due to faults in the installation process – there are many mistakes that can easily contribute to a decreased electrical production. Since you are going to be investing a large amount of money for a long-term project you want to make sure that you install the panels properly. Below are the biggest mistakes you have to be wary of:
- Solar panel quotes Perth – the first mistake you can do is not to be aware of the prices of what you will be installing. Make sure to ask the quote for the installation, as well as what exactly the price includes. For the first time installations, you most probably won’t be just installing the panels, but also preparing the ground or roof to install the panels, buy power inverters, racking, power banks and perhaps even a generator. The exact amount of devices you will have to buy depend on the size of your project: small installations of a few square metres will need less than a large-scale project will, after all.
- Accreditation – another mistake you could be doing is not looking into the credits of the company you are hiring for the installation of your panels. Accreditations such as that of the Clean Energy Council prove that the company is trained to ensure that your panels will be installed in a way that will provide you with the most productivity. You want to make sure that the professionals you hire can do their job. Make sure to check their qualifications, read reviews of their past customers, and ask for details of past projects they have worked on.
- Ground mounting versus roof mounting – the main question that often pops up when installing solar panels is the question of whether the panels ought to be installed on the roof or the ground. The roof is normally the common choice – both because this helps to save space and it does not require much in the way of prior preparations for the racking. On the other hand, installing the solar panels on the ground has the added advantage of being able to change the direction the panels are facing (which can greatly help if you live in the mid and higher latitudes).
- Efficiency – extremely efficient solar panels are small but can produce large amounts of electricity; they are also very expensive. The most expensive ones are what you can see installed on rockets and similar devices by space agencies. A domestic solar panel does not have to be extremely efficient, but if you are lacking in space, you might want to splurge a little more for better productivity.