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Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 10:59:17 +1000
From: dan062 <dan062(a)yahoo.com.au>
Subject: [luv-talk] Solar Panels
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I am considering installing solar panels at home.
Anyone is willing to share experience, good and bad, and any
I will probably be installing a small system which will most likely
meet most of my needs.
We have just gone down this path and are due to have our 5KW system
deployed as soon as we get some weather where the guy won't get blown or
washed off the roof !
Firstly, do you know those needs ? As in, do you know what your average
daily consumption of power is and therefore how much of a contribution the
system you want to put in is going to make ?
You can get figures around the averages, but your site can make a huge
difference. If you have enough space an open (no trees), north-facing roof
with an appropriate slope, or where brackets can create such slope, then
you will do pretty well against those average figures. But if you don't,
then your panels won't perform as well.
There are obviously some unscrupulous cowboys out there who will install
too-small systems on wrongly oriented roofs, going by some of the
installations I have seen. Either that, or the people are so desperate to
say they have solar power that they ignore the good advice of the
tradesman. Those are the only reasons I can think of to see 1.5KW systems
installed on a South-easterly facing roof.
I recommend that you get advice from a company who have been around for a
while and preferably one that has interests other than just Solar (ie wind,
composting toilets and other green technologies). These guys are more
likely to be "true believers" and not just in it to scoop up some
government subsidy $$'s and they are more likely to use quality panels.
Cheap chinese panels should be avoided, but there are also some good
Beware the hidden charges that pop up when they come to give you a quote.
Some of the cowboys will quote a very low price, but then miraculously,
all these extra things need doing at your place.
Happy to chat off-list about this if you like and depending on your
location, I can give you the details of the guys who are doing ours. They
put a solar water heater on our roof 4 or 5 years ago and we have known
them for ages before that.
Hope it works out well for you !
"Unless someone like you, cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get
better...It's not !" - The Lorax
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