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Choosing the right solar system

Kicking off your journey with solar is both exciting and overwhelming, so here’s our simple guide to choosing the right system.

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It’s all about the roof

Although the solar energy movement is still out of reach for apartment owners, most houses make great candidates for solar panels. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to assessing the suitability of a house, it’s all about the roof.

How suitable is your roof?

Do you have enough space on your roof?

Does your roof have direct access to sunlight?

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Go outside and take a look at your roof

There’s some key things to look for to understand which solar options are available to you.

Is there any shade covering your roof? - Shadows will impact the performance of your panels. Check throughout the day to see how much shade there is.
Which way does your roof point? - Can you get north, east or west facing panels? Or maybe all three?
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Understanding energy consumption

The best way to understand your energy consumption is to take a look at your 2 most recent energy bills.

Average daily usage in kWh (kilo-watt hours) - You can use this number to understand how much energy you need to generate.
When are you using energy? - If you’re using a lot of energy in the evenings (peak time) you might be better off with west-facing panels.
Rooftops with solar panels

Speaking with a solar installer

The best next step is to request quotes from local installers who can assist with assessing the suitability of your roof.

They will help you find the right system size to generate enough energy to cover your energy consumption during the day. Be sure to have you bills and usage information on-hand to speed things up.

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What happens if your system is too big

If your system size generates more energy than you consume there’s a couple of options available.

Feed-in tariff’s - Depending on your state, feeding energy back into the grid could earn you a feed-in tariff.
Battery storage - Once the solar panels are at full capacity, the excess energy is stored in the battery for later use. Access to the grid is still provided and you will pay for the energy used at that time