Nothing compares to building a new house of your own. As exciting as it is, there are many challenges associated with the process. From choosing the perfect plot of land to finding the best architect, there is endless list of decisions to make – right from colors to finishing to furnishing. With so many considerations to take care of, how about planning to fuel your new house with a clean and renewable source of energy. Yes, your heard it right! About Adding Some Solar Power?
If your answer is yes, we highly suggest that you start planning immediately. To help you, we have here a few tips that will help you install your solar panels the right way –
Location of Your Plot
The location of your plot will greatly impact the efficiency of your solar panels. Say for example, you’ll fail to receive any sunlight on your rooftop until much later in the day if your plot is on the eastern or northern side of a steep hill. But if you are situated on flat land, or on the southern or western side of a hill, you are sure to receive ample sunlight. Again, you should check with your installer for solar panels with a good salt and wind corrosion rating, in case you are buying a plot in a coastal region.
One your location is set; you need to take care of objects that might cast a shade on your solar panels. A tall building, tower or tree standing tall besides your building may shade your roof and panels half the day!
Design of Roof
A north facing roof will provide ample sunlight to your solar panels. If getting a north facing rooftop is difficult, a western orientation is the next best option for you. Also, what other items are you planning to put on your roof – TV aerials, Satellite dishes, chimneys, air conditioning system? Make sure they are placed at a good distance from your panels so that their efficiency is not affected.
Besides your architect, it is best to get some advice from an experienced solar installation company. Their solar technicians can suggest you the best wiring, design and orientation options based on your specifications.
The government offers various incentives and rebates. However, to make sure that you don’t have to stress over these calculations, choose a provider that has all of these covered for you.
You can save a lot on both, your time and budget if you install the wiring system for your solar power system during the build. Also, installing a solar ready meter will prove beneficial and save you from the hassle of replacing it when the time comes to connect your solar power system.
Finally, you will get the best result if there is good communication between you and your installer. If you communicate your plan in a timely manner, your installer will help you build the most solar-friendly house that can possibly be.