If you're planning about mounting solar power in your newly build home, we highly recommend you start preparing for it now. The following tips will save your time, money, by getting your solar fixing right, from the start.
Lay of the land
The way your block of land is shaped can have a surprising effect on the proficiency of the solar panels. For example, if you buy a block of land with a vertical hill on the eastern or northern side, the sun will never hit directly on your solar panels until much later in the day associated with a flat block or one with a hill on the southern or western side.
If you’re planning to buy a shore block, it’s worth testing with your energy provider whether you will be required to install solar panels with a higher than regular salt and wind corrosion rating. If you’re keen to live by the shore, just make sure you budget consequently.
When you've occupied the land into account, you need to consider whether extra substances are likely to pop up close that might cast the shadow onto your solar panels. How close might your neighbors build? Visualize the influence of a multi-story building going in right next entrance, shading your roof for half the day!
In most cases, a north facing rooftop will permit your solar panels to capture as much sunshine as possible. If north fronting is not an option, a western direction is your next best option.
What else are you thinking of tapping on your rooftop that might cast shades onto your solar panels? TV aerials, Satellite dishes, awnings, shade sails or air conditioning systems all have the potential to decrease your solar production. Try and position these items far away from your solar panels. On a pitched roof, reflect installing these objects on the opposing side.
If you’re considering a home with a flat roof, do not forget that you’ll need to adjust location your solar panels on a particular angle to fetch as much solar energy as possible.
Seek guidance from Professionals
Along with your plan designer and your home builder, it's worth talking to a professionally skilled solar installation company like Deem Solar to help you properly plan for solar in your new home. The skilled team of solar specialists can guide you on the best wiring, angle and design choices for your home, based on your specific location and individual wants.
Pre-placing and Pre-wiring your solar panels
It's much closer to run electrical connecting before your walls have been gyprocked. If you have the option of pre-installing the wiring for your solar power system during the shape, it will make life much cooler for your solar installer, saving them time and saving you money. We also recommend you deliberate installing a solar-ready electricity meter right from the start, so you won't need to replace it when the time comes to connect your solar power system.
If you’re constructing a multi-story home, it’s a great idea to pre-lay your solar panels on the roof before your scaffolding comes down. This will save you the extra cost of erecting scaffolding again at a later date.
Let’s work together
The key to confirming your construction and solar connection growths as smoothly as possible is good communication. Talk to us when you are thinking first shape ideas, so we can confirm your design is as solar-friendly as possible. Get organized and get in touch with us three to 4 months before your probable handover so we can work with your builder and trades to plan the work in.