A highly productive and efficient solar power system is essential to earning back your investment in the system. The more productive your setup is, the sooner you’ll start getting a return on that investment and turning the sun’s rays into pure money savings. But what factors will impact the productivity of your system? What can you do to make it more productive? Keep reading to find out.
Choose the Right Equipment
For starters, you should ensure that you’re choosing high-quality equipment with a high-efficiency rating. While more efficient equipment will cost more than lower-end products, in the long run, their improved performance will generally end up saving you money. This is why it’s important not to just look at a product’s upfront price tag, but the cost per watt over time. Cost per watt refers to how many watts of power the equipment can provide to you over its lifetime, divided by the total cost. So, even if a piece of equipment is more expensive upfront, if it’s producing more power for you over its lifetime, the cost per watt can be lower.
These considerations must be made not only for the solar panels on your roof, but for your solar inverter and your batteries, too (if you’re adding a solar battery bank). All of these products have their own efficiency ratings, which will impact the overall performance and productivity of your system.
Have It Installed Properly
While installation for your inverter and batteries is flexible and won’t impact the productivity of your system, the way your panels are installed most certainly will have an impact. That’s because panels must be mounted at the right angle to catch the most sunlight throughout the day. Not only do you want to ensure your panels are mounted on the correct side of your roof, but you’ll also want them tilted at exactly the right angle to maximize productivity.
This is why it’s important not to try to install solar panels yourself. A solar professional can perform the necessary calculations based on the slope and direction of your roof to ensure that you’re getting the most sunlight—and producing the most energy—throughout the day. Warma UK has a network of certified solar panel installers to install your solar panels and they also supply the highest quality solar panel systems!
Prevent Shading on Your Panels
Finally, make sure that your panels have minimal shading on them from nearby trees. Cut back any limbs that are hanging over your roof prior to installation, and be vigilant about pruning every year to prevent excessive shading. A shadow on even a single panel can drag down the productivity of the entire system, so it’s important to prevent shading as much as you can.
With proper installation, some basic landscaping, and the most efficient panels, batteries, and Fronius hybrid inverters, you can build a highly productive solar power system.