Does roof orientation really matter?
Most certainly. For example, a system with solar panels facing in a southerly direction will generate far less than one with a northerly aspect.
If my energy requirements increase, can I upgrade the system?
Yes. Additional solar panels can be added at any time to increase generating capability, but you might have to upgrade to a larger inverter.
What happens on cloudy days?
In a grid connect system, as you are still tied to the mains power supply, any deficit will come from the mains grid.
What is a grid connect solar power system?
Grid connect systems supply solar electricity through an inverter directly to the household. You can save money on your power bill.
Is my building suitable for a solar power system?
Several aspects will need to be evaluated to determine if your home is a good solar site. The best site is north-facing roofs with no shade.
What is a feed in tariff?
A feed in tariff is whereby a grid connect system owner is paid for the electricity their system generates by a utility or government agency.
What size system will I need to run my home?
That entirely depends on your energy usage and your geographical location. A 1.5 kW system is currently the “entry point” for grid connect.
What can affect the amount of solar energy received?
The strength of the solar energy (radiation) available depends on the time of year, day, and the latitude of the generation point.
How much does a grid connect solar power setup cost?
Prices vary according to size and location.
Can I insure my grid connect system?
Most insurers will allow you to include the system under your home and contents insurance, but check with your insurance company first.