Can I Install Solar Electricity Panels On My Home
Its not difficult to see the benefits of solar panels. As well as offering savings on your electricity bills, they can provide an income, and reduce environmental damage by providing a green source of energy. But now you have decided to move to the renewable energy source, what next? Consider the following points to find a solar panel solution to suit you.
Is your roof suitable?
Not everybody can enjoy the benefits of solar electricity panels, whether you live in Shropshire or anywhere else in the UK. You may face problems before the installation stage if your house is listed or in a conservation area, so seek planning permission to find out. If your home is not situated in a world heritage site or conservation area you are not likely to need planning permission.
If you have a north facing roof or totally in the shade (for example, if it is an area enclosed by tall buildings), you may also not be able to install the panels. South facing roofs are the most suitable for solar panels, but they can still be efficiently installed on east and west facing roofs. Similarly, you will need to ensure that your roof is not in a poor state of repair or physically unable to support the panels. Seek advice from a solar panel installation business to find out if your home is suitable; damaged roofs can be repaired by some companies.
Understand your needs
Estimate, perhaps using the total from your electricity bill, your daily usage of energy in watts. Online calculators can estimate this for you, but it is best to use your a bill or find out from your electricity company for accuracy.
Once you know your average daily usage in Watts, work out how many hours of sunlight your solar panels will see each day. Obviously this will dramatically change throughout the year, so find out the average. Local solar electricity panels providers in Shropshire and across the UK should be able to give you a rough idea of the hours of sunlight in your area.
Divide the daily usage of electricity in watts into the number of hours of sunlight per day. This will give you the number of watts you need to generate each hour. Solar panels are categorised by the number of watts they generate per hour, 50,100 or 500 for example. You will need the wattage for the number of panels to match the number of watts you use per hour. So, if your hourly usage is 3,000 watts, you may need 6 of the 500 watt panels on your home.
Contact your panel provider
Whether you can complete the calculation stage on your own or require assistance from the professionals, the next stage is to contact your provider of solar electricity panels in Shropshire or across the UK.
Published: March 1, 2012, 11:55 | Comments Off on Can I Install Solar Electricity Panels On My Home