Solar Landscape in 2016

solar systemThere is an increasing trend in number of people opting for solar energy/solar systems in recent years. Solar panels and solar systems are subsequently replacing the use of electricity via the conventional electricity provider. Most people, as correctly incentivized by government subsidies, are directing their attention towards solar panels because it is cheaper than all the other sources. Although it has a high initial cost of installation, it proves to be cost-effective in the long run. Adding the government RET + the STC’s to the installer the cost of solar has just become very very affordable. However, customers find it hard to choose the best solar panel with desirable characteristics as there are countless retailers out there selling panels. Here is a guide to direct you on what you should look at, before purchasing a quality solar system.

We evaluate the performance of solar panels based on the quantity of energy produced by the solar panel which is relevant to its surface area. The higher the efficiency, the more the energy you get. Small ones with high-energy efficiency are the most effective since they can apply to a small surfaced roof. People, with little electric energy needs, can use smaller solar panels with lower efficiency. There also exist big solar panels to meet different demands. Mostly, larger ones are the most efficient. If you have enough space in your roof to accommodate a large solar panel, you should consider buying it. If your roof is small, try a small solar panel, but of high efficiency.

Australian consumers can look into top installers or look for organisations that are fully accredited. There are a lot of government initiatives to tackle solar although funding to RET is being continuously cut.Therefore, it makes sense for the consumers to do their due diligence before purchase.

You must ensure the PV system conforms to the international standards. If you are living in Australia, make sure that you have Clean Energy Council accredited PV system. Look at the following infographic provided by CEC.

While CEC is working hard to protect the rights of the Australian consumer and to provide better outcome for a renewable world, we must support them in whatever way we can.

Purchasing a product that meets international standards would be a wrong choice because it must have undergone a thorough scrutiny and proven to be of high quality. Always ask the seller to provide documents of certification to confirm that the solar installer is accredited. Euro Solar for an example does a good job of clearly outlining what’s happening in terms of business/solar deliverability.

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It is of no use to buy a solar system that will provide more energy than you require. Such systems will only jeopardise your finances for no reason. Just purchase what is enough for you. Determine your electricity demands first before going for solar panels. Also, do not buy an extremely small solar panel that will not give sufficient energy in the house. Get a professional to help you establish your energy needs, and if possible, help you select the best solar system for your needs.

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Do not buy if it does not offer a guarantee. A good solar panel has a warranty of up to 25 years. The secret is that- the more the years of warranty, the more it is possible that the product is ideal. Most manufacturers guarantee very long warranty durations since they are sure the product will be working to its fullest capabilities during that time. That means you have a huge chance to use your new solar panel for up to 25 years without experiencing any problems. A quality solar panel contains a reliable storage system. In conclusion, Energy produced during the day must be stored in a battery to be used at night. If the storage system is not in good condition, then that solar panel is not of high quality.

References

  • Bénard, C.; Gobin, D.; Gutierrez, M. (1981). “Experimental Results of a Latent-Heat Solar-Roof, Used for Breeding Chickens”. Solar Energy.
  • Denzer, Anthony (2013). The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design. ISBN 978-0847840052.
  • Hunt, V. Daniel (1979). Energy Dictionary. ISBN 0-442-27395-9.
  • Tritt, T.; Böttner, H.; Chen, L. (2008). “Thermoelectrics: Direct Solar Thermal Energy Conversion”.
  • https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/policy-advocacy/renewable-energy-target.html
  • http://eurosolargroup.com.au/
  • https://www.aer.gov.au/wholesale-markets/wholesale-statistics/national-electricity-market-electricity-consumption