Are you considering installing solar panels on your roof? Many Australians are reaping the benefits of having a renewable energy source with lower energy bills. Yet before booking your installation, there are a few things you need to consider.
1. Can your roof support solar panels?
You need to assess the condition of your roof before deciding to install solar panels. If you’ve been wondering how long solar panels last, they come with a warranty of around 20 to 25 years. Therefore, if you think your roof may need renovating during that period, it’s best to complete the work before installation begins. Otherwise, disconnecting then re-installing the solar panels will cost you more.
2. Do you live in a rented or shared building?
If you live in a rented property or an apartment building inhabited by other people, you will need to seek permission before going ahead with the installation. Write to the owner of the building explaining how solar energy would benefit them as well as you, and tell your neighbours in your building about how they could save money on their energy bills with solar panels. A community or shared solar scheme may be the answer.
3. Think long term
Although your roof may be exposed to ample sunlight at the present time, will this still be the case over the solar panels’ lifespan? For at least the next 20 years, you will have to make sure that there will be no obstructions that could block sunlight. Cut back any foliage, clean your solar panels periodically, and don’t plant any trees around your property that could become an issue later on. Any obstructions will not allow your solar panels to be used to their maximum potential.
4. Use a trusted installer
When choosing an installer, make sure they have several years’ experience and an excellent reputation. Renew Energy’s team of experts will be on hand to assist you throughout the entire lifespan of your solar panels, should you ever need us.