December2013

What are the five main criteria when choosing a solar installer?

Choosing a reliable installer can be exceptionally hard. When everyone is calling out that they’re the best and giving you their sales pitch it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. So these five points will hopefully go towards clearing the way a bit and narrowing down the best installers to go […]

What qualifications do solar installers require?

An installer should have two critical documents in order install PV systems: An Electrical License – or be working under the supervision of a person with an Electrical License Accreditation with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is an independent, industry-led, certification scheme for both installers and products. It is accredited by […]

Can I install solar panels myself?

Technically you can install the panels yourself. However, given the high DC voltages and currents associated with solar panels, we strongly recommend that you have your solar system installed by an accredited solar installer. Furthermore you would not be eligible for the Government Feed-in Tariff so therefore it would not be a good idea. To […]

What is the feed-in tariff ?

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is a Government-backed scheme that pays people who create their own electricity (with solar panels or wind turbine). It became available in the UK on 1 April 2010 as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies. You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if […]

What’s the payback on panels in terms of the energy taken to produce the panels?

What’s the payback on panels in terms of the energy taken to produce the panels? The efficiency of solar panels depends on several factors including the angle of the roof, the direction the roof faces and the space available on your roof for solar panels. After a site survey a good installer could accurately predict […]

How much carbon does the average solar system save?

The answer to this question is strongly dependent on where you live. Since you use your solar system to offset the need for conventional generation it really depends what conventional generation is used. In France for example the primary energy source is Nuclear power which actually produces very little carbon dioxide compared to other common […]

Can I expand my system later down the track?

The simple answer is yes, you can. Would I recommend it? In most cases no. If you know you’re going to want to expand your system later, it’s much better if you can just get that expansion with the initial installation. Why? Because installing the full system from the get go saves money and potential […]

If I install solar, what happens during a blackout?

All grid connected solar systems will and must disconnect from the grid during a blackout. In the case of 99.9% of residential connected solar systems that means that the solar system will shut down. There is a very good reason for this and that is safety. There are two reasons power to your house goes […]

If I install solar, what happens at night?

At night your solar system will shut itself down. This includes the inverter, which means you won’t be able to read its display and see any information from it until the sun comes up in the morning. While this may be a bit of an inconvenience if you wanted to check your production for the […]