Is my house suitable?
Best results are achieved when the panels are fixed on south facing roofs or roofs within 30 degrees either side of due south. If you don’t have a south facing roof, you won’t generate quite as much electricity. However, even an East or West facing solar panel system will generate around 80% of what a south facing roof can. Electricity generation can also be affected by roofs that are overshadowed by trees or other objects (such as chimneys).
Finally, your roof needs to be big enough to fit the panels; around 13 squared metres (or 4m by 3.2m) is needed for a 2KwP system, 26 squared metres (or 8m by 3.2m) for a 4KwP system. Don’t worry if you don’t know your roof size – we can work that out for you!
Who owns the panels?
If you buy from us then YOU own the panels and YOU receive all of the 3 types of saving listed above Solar power Melbourne. There are companies offering free solar panels but they keep the FIT payment themselves. Customers only, therefore, benefit from the free electricity that is generated during the day that can immediately be used. Have a look at our page on the advantages of buying solar electrical panels.
Do I need planning permission for the panels?
Unless the property is a listed building or in a conservation area you shouldn’t need planning permission. However, if you do need planning permission, we can help you with this. You may also need to speak to Building Control about your intentions. We have direct links with our local Building Control department and can liaise on your behalf. Be wary of any installer who advises you not to contact Buildings Control.
Do solar panels need to be fitted to a roof?
No, panels can be fitted on free-standing frames at ground level, or on the sides of buildings.
Do solar panels need insuring?
As you are purchasing the panels, they are automatically covered for product liability by the manufacturers. In respect of accidental damage subsequent to installation though, it is suggested that you add them to your household insurance.
How strong are the panels, can they be damaged by hailstones or someone throwing a stone at them?
The panels are very strong and made from toughened glass, so it would take a lot of effort to damage them. As outlined above, though, we advise that you add them to your household insurance.
Are the panels secure in high winds?
The panels are fit very closely against the roof with minimal space for wind to blow under. Our fixing system has been rigorously tested to ensure stability in the most severe of weather conditions.
Is the installation guaranteed and how long does it take?
The panels will generally have an output guarantee of between 20 and 25 years. The inverters, most other components and labour is guaranteed for 5 years. Check your individual quotation for specific details. Installation normally takes 2-3 days.
How do the panels operate on a day-today basis?
We are regularly asked exactly how the solar panels work alongside the regular electricity supply. Whilst we don’t want to be overly technical, click here to find the answers to the most common questions.