Solar power is catching on fast, thanks to the newer technologies that have been developed every year and which have significantly reduced its price and made solar power accessible to almost everybody. Whilst no one but the old-age sceptics will warn you against installing a new panel in your home, you should not be hasty either way – as with every other thing, there are what are known as ‘compatibility issues’, and it would do you good to check these beforehand. Here are some of the mistakes you definitely do not want to make when transferring to solar energy:
- Not understanding the important concepts – the very first error you could make is simply being uninformed about what exactly solar power is, and how it works out. No one will expect you to understand how a photovoltaic cell works or how one is made (unless you are an engineer or similar!); you simply need to know the basic science behind it. The reason is quite simple – there are different types and varieties of solar systems: not knowing the difference a 5kw and a 3kw solar system can make a big difference in the long run when you factor how much you have saved (because, after all, the transition is mostly to save up the energy bill, right?).
- Not taking into account the conditions of your home – if there is something that most people eager to get an ideal solar panel won’t take into account, it is the fact that not every home is suitable for every type of panel and cell. Understanding how a panel works, as explained above, can prevent you from making this mistake (and getting mad at the agents). For example, older homes might be entirely unsuitable for panels, and other homes that were poorly built might not be able to hold the weight of a solar system (which leaves you with the option of a ground-built system).
- Mix and match – whilst certain people make mistakes because they simply do not know better, other people make mistakes because they know too much. This is the case with individuals who try to cut costs by mixing and matching up different parts from different brands when setting up their solar power system. This is a very stupid mistake, firstly because cutting costs means that you will be lowering the quality of your system, and secondly, because there is a higher probability of your entire system breaking down (and more frequently, to boot).
- Not looking into government programs – as you know, solar power is one of the sustainable energy sources, and most governments at present are trying to get the general populace to transition to greener energy. This means that there is a good chance your government is offering you credit schemes or incentives for installing a system. Check with your government before you pay for the entire system to see if you qualify for any kind of assistance.