Considering the world energy situation, looking for renewable, alternative sources of power has become a necessity. Going for sustainable sources like the solar energy is one of the ways that will provide the required power to the future world and its homes and offices.
Many countries are promoting and helping those who take the decision to make the switch from the grid power to the solar power. For anyone who is considering this decision, here are top ten things to know.
For your convenience, we have split them into technical and financial to help you analyze the options and make an informed decision.
- Make sure the experts understand your power and energy requirements properly and design the system that will best suit your needs. Remember, even adjacent neighborhood homes can have different requirements and hence different sets of technical specifications and designs.
- Use the best quality components to be assured of the service and the desired output is available. For the entire life of the solar power system, it should be giving you the optimum output. Any component that is substandard, is going to bring down the efficiency that you expect.
- Take the maintenance cycle seriously. Even though the batteries and the solar panels look and seem new, the daily operation does have an effect on the individual components. Make sure you get the experts in at regular intervals to service the system and keep it running at max efficiency.
- On-grid, off-grid or hybrid is an important decision. This also has a direct impact on the financial value. Find out if your local utility company will allow you to have an on-grid or hybrid system. If yes, make sure the technical specs & guidelines are adhered to. Else you may not get approval from your utility company or DISCOM to get a grid-interactive or hybrid system installed.
- Get basic knowledge on cleaning and maintaining the system. You can also clean the panels and check the battery acid levels (in-case of off-grid or hybrid system) and save some money on that when it comes to the servicing.
Let’s look at some financial considerations
- We have mentioned earlier, the specs of each system will vary. So do not get upset or worried if your neighbor’s system is costing lesser than yours. It depends on the expected outputs and the overall design.
- Check with your local authorities before the installation. There are often subsidies and discounts in the form of a direct reduction in costs or rebates and returns on the costs incurred in installing the solar panels on the top of your house.
- An off-grid or hybrid system will definitely cost higher than the on-grid But the costs of installations are very quickly offset by the reduction in utility bills or even in the form of stored energy when there is no power.
- If your experts suggest a certain period for return on investment, please be patient while the system works its way and helps you recover your cost. Also, get ready to promote this sustainable and renewable source of energy to get more and more households to take this up.
Bonus: be ready to show off as the most happening home in the neighborhood that is supporting the environment and a sustainable and renewable future.