We all know a great deal about solar power. For instance, it’s good for the environment and reduces your carbon footprint. And PV Systems use the suns’ UV rays and turn it into clean FREE energy to use instead of conventional PAID electricity.
But even with knowledge of all the benefits, many domestic consumers are still hesitant of switching their homes to solar. To help clear any misconceptions, Nupower has developed a checklist of three elements to keep in mind when considering to make the switch to solar.
Consider the Climate
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to live in the Sahara to benefit from solar energy. Germany, for example, is popular for being grey and cloudy. They receive a similar amount of sunlight as Alaska but are world leaders in solar power installations.
You’d be surprised to know that solar panel output improves when the temperatures are lower. So don’t let living in a cold place without tons of sunlight discourage you from going solar.
Consider Local Electricity Rates
One of the most significant benefits of going solar in South Africa is to protect you from ever-increasing electricity rates. While solar power is a good idea no matter where you live, it’s an even better idea for South Africans. We have to struggle with powercuts at the most inconvenient times and who knows how much we’ll be paying next month, let alone next year.
Consider the Size of Your Roof
The size, age, direction and pitch of your roof are all vital elements to consider when contemplating a solar panel installation. Having a west or south-facing roof is perfect for rooftop solar panels. However, you can still produce a generous amount of solar energy on east-facing roofs. If any trees or buildings are blocking direct sunlight from your roof, it might present a problem.
Still not convinced? Get in touch with the team at Nupower for any questions you might have. Call us today!