- Your budget
- How much of your energy consumption do you want to generate with solar?
- What physical space is available on your roof or property and what are the characteristics of the space?
- Is your roof shaded or unshaded? Once you’ve answered some of these questions, it’s time to choose what variety and brand of products you need. Most solar PV systems are made up of your panels and an inverter, then battery and/or generators for back-up systems.
There is no doubt choosing your solar panel system can be the hardest part of the process with so many products on the market. The good news is, your CEC approved retailer will have all the knowledge you need to help you get the best products and design for your needs. Before you choose your products, however, there are a couple of key things to consider. What is your Energy Consumption? This is probably the most important piece of information you need to know. There is no point wasting money or energy installing a high cost, high power system when you’ve got a low consumption, and vice versa, no one wants the hassle of having to upgrade after installing a system that doesn’t meet your energy needs. Your solar consultant can go through your current energy consumption and help you find the right size system. They’ll also help you understand any rebates or tariff offsets you can get from the government and electricity providers to make the maximum use of the energy your system can produce. Choosing Your Panels and Inverter Once you know how much energy you need, Renew Energy will work with you to decide what PV Module and Inverter you need. There are a few key factors that come into play when deciding on your system, these include: