With traditional energy prices increasing every year solar energy is a popular option for homeowners who want to save money, as well as reduce their carbon footprint. However, the world of solar power can be complicated, so we have compiled a checklist of things you can do to prepare your home for solar panel installation.
It is a good idea before investing in solar panels to conduct an energy assessment to understand your current consumption levels. This will help you understand the size and type of solar panel you need. You will be able to get this information from your electricity bill. Alternatively, a good solar panel installation specialist will be able to carry out an energy assessment for you as part of the quotation process.
Solar panel installation is not appropriate for all roof types. It is important to understand what kind of roof you have, as well as knowing your roof’s condition. Your roof needs to be in good shape and have a lifespan of at least 10-15 years to support the solar panel installation. Once again, a qualified solar panel installer will be able to inspect your roof for suitability and recommend trusted partners for any repairs that are required before installation.
Solar Panels form a perfect warm and safe space for birds, in particular pigeons to nest under. If left untreated, you could be finding an entire family of pigeons nesting under your solar panels. As a result of your new neighbours, your Solar panels could be at risk. Pigeons and other birds, can cause extreme damage to your solar panels.
As Solar Panels are a costly longterm investment, it is important that they are well maintained, and that you are using them to their full potential. Pigeon or Bird proofing is the process of installing a barrier around the perimeter of your Solar Panels to prevent pigeons from gaining access underneath. As the pigeons will no longer be able to access a safe home underneath your Solar Panels, they will be forced to look elsewhere. Therefore, Bird proofing your solar panels is the perfect solution, and it is also permanent.
Ensure there are no local regulations that restrict the installation of solar panels. Most local authorities are very keen on modifications that create more sustainable energy use, but it is best to be sure. Again, a local solar panel installer is likely to be familiar with your area and the rules and regulations.
Know your home’s orientation.
Never, Eat, Shredded, Wheat…which way does your roof face? Luckily if you are not sure you should be able to download a free app for your mobile phone which will tell you. South-facing roofs generally get the most sun, but east or west facing roofs can work well too.
Electrical System, Space and Position
You are going to need an electrician for this next bit and in order to get the right advice from the start it is best if you choose one that is qualified and experienced at solar panel installation. You need to know if your home’s electrical system can accommodate solar panels and if it can’t right now, what upgrades are required.
Next your electrician will calculate the required space your solar panels need based on your energy consumption and system capacity and where is the best position for them.
Solar Battery systems are designed to store the excess energy from your PV system, instead of sending it back to the grid. Since your batteries can store all that excess energy, your home will have electricity available during power outages and other times when the grid goes down – definitely something to consider having installed along with your Solar panels.
A Clean Roof is a Happy Roof
It is essential for a proper installation and the longevity of your solar panels that your roof is clean of any debris, dirt or moss. A good local solar panel installer should have a roof cleaning company they can recommend to carry out this essential job.
As well as thinking about the installation of your solar panels also consider maintenance. Regular cleaning, inspections and maintenance will keep your solar panels functioning well and extend the life of your system.
We hope this checklist helps you prepare for your solar panel installation so that you can enjoy the many benefits of clean, renewable energy.
If you are looking for solar panel installation do get in touch, we would be happy to advise and of course give you a no-obligation quote.