It’s 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 once you have decided to move to solar energy what are the next steps? Consider the following points to find a solar panel solution to suit you.
Is Your Roof Suitable?
Solar electricity panels
are found on homes in Shropshire and across the UK, but they are not an option for everybody. 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 house isn’t in a world heritage site or a 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. Find out the average over the year. 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 your daily number of watts used by the number of sunlight hours you get daily. This will give you the number of watts you need to generate each hour. Solar panels are divided into watts generated per hour, but they come in different sizes of 50, 100 or 500 watts. 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.