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Solar Panels For the Home – A More Affordable and Eco Friendly Way to Live

With the constantly rising cost of electricity, solar power systems are becoming a viable long-term investment for many property owners. By harnessing the natural sunlight, you can power various appliances around your home… for less than the energy you currently buy from the grid.

By using Trade Mate’s online directory, it’s easy to find a professional to install battery storage and solar panels for your home.

How Does it Work?

Most home owners use a grid-connected solar power system for their property. This is a combination system that uses energy harnessed from the sun and the main energy grid.

Here is how the system operates:

1.  Throughout the day (even in overcast conditions) the PV solar panels are exposed to sunlight and generate DC electricity for your home.

2.  The solar power inverter converts the DC electricity into 240v 5Hz AC electricity

3.  The AC electricity is used to power your home and its many appliances

4.  Any leftover energy is fed back into the grid, which rewards you with savings in the form of a Solar Feed-In Tariff.

It is important to note that Solar Feed-In Tariff rates may differ between different regions in New Zealand.

If you’re not closely located to a main power source, an off-grid solar power system could be a viable option for you. A supplier will be able install a battery storage system that provides you with sufficient power all year round.

What to Consider For Your Home

The location of your solar panels will greatly determine how much sunlight exposure they receive. Typically speaking, they should be facing north to consistent exposure throughout the entire day.

To further improve their efficiency, solar panels should be facing the sun at an appropriate angle. This can be easily achieved with a slanted rooftop. However, if you have a flat rooftop, your supplier can use additional frames to install each panel at the desired angle.

The amount of energy you use will influence the size and complexity of your solar power system. Most small-to-medium sized homes will need at least 1.5kW – 3kW systems, while larger homes require 5kW+ systems to accommodate for more people.

A supplier will be able to calculate your energy requirements and the overall cost to install your brand new system.

What Should I Look For in a Supplier?

In New Zealand, a solar energy supplier must hold an electrical license, certification for working at heights, and public liability insurance of at least $5 million.

A fully credited supplier will have experience installing and maintaining a range of grid connected and off-grid solar power systems. If you’re getting an off-grid system, your supplier should be accredited in the design and installation of grid connected photovoltaic battery storage systems.

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