Is your current solar power system outdated? Have you noticed a drop in the power it produces? Has your household started using more power?
Until 2012, the most common solar power system size sold in Australia was a tiny 1.5kW. This caused Australia to have the smallest average installed solar power systems in the world.
Unfortunately, a 1.5kW system is unable to offset even half of the electricity usage for the average Australian home.
Since bigger and better systems are constantly in development, Australian homeowners are turning to upgrade their current models to maximise the benefits of solar power at their property.
Upgrading the size and standard of your panels not only maximises your capacity to meet your household power needs, but it can also see lower your electricity bill significantly and mean that you can be a part of protecting the environment by not consuming harmful energy sources.
We know that any upgrade can come with a lot of questions and concerns. That’s why we provide an upgrade service designed to be as non-disruptive as possible, installed by a team of experienced professionals that will talk you through the process every step of the way.
When considering upgrading your system, you should always choose a trusted company with credited experience. They will need to ask crucial questions about your current service so that they can best provide you with a detailed proposal of what is needed.
Read on for our simple list of checks you can make before you decide what’s the best option for your solar power system and for your household.
Check the Physical Condition
We all know what Australian weather and wildlife can be like – both can damage your solar panels over time and sometimes cause irreversible damage. It’s always important to check the physical state of your panels in case repairs need to be made but it’s also important to factor into any upgrading decisions.
Your solar panels should look good and last for many years, in some cases decades. Some cheaper models, though, can go yellow or brown with corrosion beneath the glass.
Examine the glass carefully for signs of cracks or scratches. Shine a torch beneath the to check that the cabling is still tidy and hasn’t been chewed on or is damaged at all.
We only supply tier 1 quality panels and inverters because we believe only the highest-quality, most trusted material should be fitted to your home and will last the distance.
Check your solar output
On the next sunny, bright day, check your inverter data logger or in-house display. It should be around 80% of the system’s official output. Any lower and your system is underperforming.
You could also look back through your energy bills and compare these with the estimates provided by your previous installer to see how your system is currently performing.
Upgrading your system
Whether you want to upgrade for more energy or because your current system is underperforming or damaged, we are available to discuss your options for upgrading in detail and come up with an ideal solution for your exact needs.
There are three main options to most upgrades that are completed. They include:
• Adding more solar panels to your roof for greater power generation
• Buying and installing a new inverter
• Adding battery storage to your existing system to add the flexibility to use your energy in the evenings and on cloudy days without the need of pulling electricity from the grid.
All three can potentially reap more energy for your system, so why not discuss with us which option would best suit your home and needs?