Solar power is popular for being cost-effective and environmentally safe. Apart from reducing your electricity bills, green energy reduces your carbon footprint and is subsidised in Australia, making it available to even low-income households. Here are some of the considerations that are factored during solar power installations.

Site Safety

One of the basic considerations when installing solar panels is ensuring site safety. Your solar power installation service will determine the potential hazards of your home and how to manage these effectively. The main hazards associated with solar power installation systems are electrical.

According to Australian Standard S3000, a licensed electrician should conduct any electrical work on a solar PV system that has a voltage of more than 120V DC. Additionally, the Australian Standard S5033 warns against using PV module connectors that are not of the same make or model as each other. It is also dangerous to use imitations or compatible connectors.

Quality of The Solar Power Installation Products

Your solar power installer does not simply buy the required inverters, rails and solar panels. The Clean Energy Council has a list of products that are acceptable and have satisfied local and international product standards. Each panel is tested to make sure they are compliant. If the products do not comply, the Clean Energy Regulator will not offer renewable energy certificate incentives.

The Clean Energy Council has a list of compliant PV modules. This listing shows the model number, certificate holder, power rating, and the certifier for every approved module. Therefore, your solar PV module label must correspond with the information in the council's listing of compliant PV modules. To ensure your PV module is approved and compliant, only buy modules that are sold under the module number and certificate names used on the Clean Energy Council list.

Size of the System and Mono Vs Poly Solar Panels

The size of your solar system will depend on your energy needs and energy generation goals. You also need to factor the size of the solar panels and your budget. Other factors to consider include reduced environmental impact, blackout power and grid independence. Your solar power installation service will ensure your solar system is sized to maximise self-consumption and match your household electricity consumption.

Most solar panels are made of silicon. Mono and polycrystalline solar panels are made with different levels of silicon concentration. The solar cells of panels with a high concentration of silicon are more efficient in generating electricity. Monocrystalline panels have a higher level of silicon than polycrystalline solar panels and are; therefore, more productive than the cheaper polycrystalline solar panels.

For more information, reach out to a local solar power company.