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Is Your Home Suitable For Solar?

Is Your Home Suitable For Solar?


With so many people switching to solar, it’s inevitable that you’ll start thinking about it, too. But is it worth the investment? And, most importantly, is your home even suitable for solar? Before you make any decisions, let’s look at what makes a home right for solar.

What’s the condition of your roof?

Your roof’s condition is a crucial factor in determining whether it’s ready for solar panel installation. Solar panels have a long lifespan, often lasting 25 years or more, so they need to be mounted on a roof that is equally durable. Most Australian homes are suitable for solar panels, but if your roof is in disrepair or nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be wise to address these issues first. Investing in roof repairs or replacement before installing solar panels can save you from potential problems down the line and ensure the longevity of both your roof and your solar system.

Do you have a lot of shading on your roof?

Solar panels perform best when they receive direct sunlight. While they will still generate electricity under partial shading, their efficiency is significantly reduced. If your roof is heavily shaded by trees, buildings, or other obstructions, you might need to trim or remove these obstacles to maximise your solar panels’ exposure to sunlight. A reputable solar installer can conduct a shade analysis to determine the optimal placement of panels on your roof, ensuring they receive the most sunlight throughout the day.

What’s the orientation and angle of your roof?

The orientation and angle of your roof play a significant role in the efficiency of your solar panels. In Australia, north-facing roofs are generally ideal for solar panel installation as they receive the most sunlight. However, east- and west-facing roofs can also be effective, although with slightly reduced efficiency. The angle of your roof should ideally be between 15 and 40 degrees to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. If your roof’s orientation or pitch is not ideal, a professional installer can suggest mounting systems that can adjust the panels to the best possible angle.

What’s the weather like?

While solar panels can generate electricity in various weather conditions, they are most effective in areas with abundant sunlight. If you live in a region with frequent cloudy or rainy weather, it’s important to consider how this might impact your solar energy production. Even in less sunny climates, solar panels can still provide significant energy savings, but the return on investment might be slower. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning debris off the panels, is essential in areas with harsh weather conditions to ensure they continue to perform optimally.

Unless your home is completely covered in shade with a roof that’s not in great condition, you’re going to benefit from getting solar. Most homes will see a huge reduction in their electricity bills, especially when their solar panels have been installed by trustworthy installers.

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Established in 2020, Tropical Solar and Electrical Services is a locally owned and operated company servicing homes and businesses throughout Mackay and surrounding areas including MoranbahSarinaProserpine and Rockhampton. Whether it’s power on the roof or within the property, we’ll ensure it’s running as it should. Get in touch with our electrical experts today for a free quote. We’re available 24/7 for your convenience.

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