“Always get a local solar professional on site to look at the property and consider the particulars” begins Ben Barton of Solarhub.
This is because when it comes to planning an installation “every house is different, so it is important that they work out where things are going to go ahead of time.”
Expanding on that scenario a little further, “If no one has been on site to see the home before installation, you could end up in a situation where the installers turn up and can’t complete the job as planned.”
The consequence of this can be “unfinished work, last-minute changes, or unexpected costs”
Also, for long-term peace of mind “You want the components of your solar system to be good quality and from trusted brands.
“This doesn’t just include the main aspects like the panels, inverters, and batteries, but also all the smaller elements such as the isolators, and connectors.
“A solar system is only as good as its weakest part.”
That’s a very important point that we can all relate to because that principal applies to so many things.
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If you are investing in solar batteries, “discuss optimisational technologies with your solar company.
“These can help you understand your system to get the most out of it, and can help maximise the return on investment.”
Along with that, an important feature to invest in for maximum benefit is a good monitoring system.
“Monitoring gives you better visibility about how the system is performing.”
Like any system, there is also some simple maintenance that will be necessary.
“Solar is quite reliable but there are some reoccurring servicing requirements and services that may be needed, or will help it keep operating at peak performance throughout its lifetime.”
Ben tells us that these can differ depending on your location and installation, “but if you’re dealing with a local reputable company, they should be able to advise you of what these are in relation to your system.”
Meanwhile, for the panels, “you may need to get them cleaned every year or so, but this is dependent on your installation.
“However, the system will perform better if the panels are kept clean.”