In life, qualifications exist to ensure quality and efficiency. Without qualifications and standards, many things in life will be unorderly. That certainly is the case with solar energy use. Many people doubt clean energy because of the qualifications it requires for use and installation.
Talks about solar energy use have become more popular during the last decade. With the introduction of affordable and efficient solar panels, many people have become interested in them. Today, many residential owners and businesses are utilising solar energy. However, their journey to clean energy use is not that easy.
Without any doubt, many people would love to have solar panels in their homes, too. Unfortunately, wanting one is not enough to qualify your home for one. Qualifications exist to determine whether your property is compatible with solar panel installation.
If you’ve been planning to go solar, this post is for you. In this article, let’s discuss four qualifications for a solar panel installation.
1. Locations with high humidity rates are not ideal for solar panel installation.
Since solar panels need the sun to produce energy, many think tropical countries are the ideal places to install one. However, that’s not the case. Too much sun decreases the efficiency of solar panels. Surprisingly, too much sun is not good at all for solar panels.
When it rains, the direct sunlight in the panels will eventually vaporise the water. As a result, the moisture in the water disrupts the activity of photovoltaic cells. The power generation of solar panels will then become inefficient.
Since tropical countries only have two seasons, they suffer from high humidity rates all year long. If you insist on having solar panels, it would be best to consult professionals about that. That way, you wouldn’t be wasting so much of your money on inefficient solar panels.
2. Solar panel experts prefer installing panels on an inclined roof facing south.
Solar panel experts always recommend installing solar panels on an inclined surface. Experts say that the inclination provides a good angle for the panels to receive sunlight. According to them, roof inclination makes the panels perform optimally.
You should place the solar panels where the property has sufficient exposure to the south. They say that the south angle is where the sun optimally directs. Other experts also say that you could place it on the east and west sides of a property. However, they believe that both directions are generally less-productive than the south side.
When you face your panels to the south, you give the panels ample time to collect enough sunlight that the property needs. As a result, the panels have sufficient light to convert to energy.
3. A property’s surroundings must be obstruction-free.
If your property has a high-rise building next to it, it is likely unideal to install solar panels on it. Since solar panels work by collecting sunlight, they need to be free from obstructions at all times. There will be no light to collect if a tree or property is blocking the panels.
There may be a chance that the panels could still collect sunlight despite having obstructions. However, you can’t expect them to produce the amount of energy that you need in that case.
If an old, tall tree lives within your property, solar panel experts would recommend cutting it. However, if you have a tall property neighbour, you won’t likely be getting any panels on your roof soon.
4. A property’s roof condition must be ideal for installation.
A property’s roof condition must be good to install solar panels. If your roof is starting to decay and have breakages, it is likely unideal to install on your property. Typically, each solar panel weighs about forty pounds. The thing is, a property would need at least ten or more panels. That means your roof should be able to carry four hundred pounds of panels or more.
But again, the number of panels that the property would need depends on their energy consumption rate. In short, the higher your energy consumption rate is, the more panels your property will need.
Solar panel manufacturers do not recommend installing solar panels on an old property. If you insist on having one, you’ll need to renovate and reconstruct your roof to ensure its condition. It would be such a waste to install panels on a property that could potentially get in the way of its efficiency.
These qualifications will make your solar journey seamless and efficient.
The four qualifications I shared are just some of the many that manufacturers require. Depending on the company and your energy requirements, the qualifications could differ. But all in all, these qualifications aim for one thing. That is to make your solar journey seamless and efficient.
Not following one of these qualifications could only result in inefficient solar energy use. Your panels won’t be able to work accordingly—without meeting these qualifications. Lastly, you’re the one who’ll be affected the most.
You won’t have any energy for electricity if your panels are not working properly. So, before you decide on installing solar panels, I hope you take the time to learn about their qualifications. That way, you get to make the most out of your clean energy journey.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Penrith Solar Centre, an Australian solar company that advocates better energy resources to improve the quality of life on Earth.