Have you been thinking about going solar for a while now?
Still sitting on the fence, unsure?
We’ve got some answers to some questions you might still be wondering about.
How Does Solar Power Work?
Solar panels are usually positioned on top of a roof, on an angle in order to get the maximum amount of sun exposure to convert the most energy possible. When the sun is shining on solar panels it creates what is called Direct Current (DC) electricity. This electricity goes into a solar inverter, that converts DC electricity into AC (Alternating Current) electricity. The AC electricity is what is used to provide power for your home. Any power that doesn’t get used by you goes back to the main power grid for everyone else to use. The more panels you have on your roof the more power you can produce!
Will Solar Power Work For My House?
Solar panels are most effective when facing North, with nothing obscuring or shading them. Each individual cell within the panel is connected so if one cell is shaded, it means the rest of them are too.
If your roof doesn’t have a direct north orientation, panels can be propped up to a more efficient angle.
How Much Power Will I Generate?
This depends on a number of things.
It depends on much direct sunlight your panels receive.
It depends on how many solar panels you have and how big they are.
It depends on what type of panels you have.
According to Smarter Homes NZ, the average solar system will generate around 3,400kWh annually. On average, a New Zealand household uses around 9,000kWh of electricity each year, so if you fall in to this category, your solar panels might provide ⅓ of your home’s energy use. Thats ⅓ of you power bill that you are no longer having to pay for!
Sound good? We can help you with your next steps towards becoming a solar home! Get in contact with us today.