6 Common Questions People Ask Before Installing a Solar Power System

Getting a solar power system installed on your property is a big decision in terms of the amount one spends on its setup. Therefore, homeowners have a lot of questions to ask before they decide to take the plunge. In fact, we think it’s the smartest thing to do if you are planning to buy anything that involves a large initial investment. Keeping this in mind, in this post, we have compiled a list of most frequently asked questions related to solar power systems. These questions will surely help you make the right buying decision. Come let’s take a look.

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1.    How much does a solar power system cost?

The cost of a solar power system depends on several factors. For example, the size of the solar power system which in turn depends on your power requirement. Similarly, the type of solar panels you would like to install – Monocrystalline PERC or Polycrystalline. The latter are more expensive as they are more efficient. The amount of subsidy or discount that you receive is also an important factor.

2.    Does the solar power system work on a cloudy day?

One of the most common concerns among solar power system buyers is whether solar power systems produce energy on cloudy days. Yes, they do but not as efficiently as they do on a regular sunny day. However, the issue can be tackled by installing highly efficient solar panels. Another way is to install solar batteries that can be used for storing the excess energy produced by the solar power system so that it can be used later.

3.    Is it advisable to invest in solar batteries?

Whether or not to invest in solar batteries is something that depends completely on the power cut scenario in your area. If you live in an area where power cuts are frequent and long in duration then it is advisable to go for solar batteries.

Similarly, if you are planning to buy a property in an area where there’s no local grid in the vicinity then you will need solar batteries to store energy and power your home when the solar panels aren’t generating any energy.

However, if you are living in an area where power cuts are rare you can simply go for a bi-directional meter that lets you transfer the unused energy (produced by your solar power system) to the local grid and get the same adjusted in your monthly energy bill.

4.    How much roof space does it require to install a home solar system?

Simply determining the size of your solar power system and the required number of solar panels on the basis of your home’s energy consumption is not enough. You also need to find out if your roof has enough space for installing the required number of solar panels or not. According to a general thumb rule you would require around 100 square feet of roof space for installing 3 solar panels of 330W each.

5.    What is net metering?

As mentioned earlier, net metering is a system wherein one can transfer the excess energy produced by their solar power system to the local grid. This is done with the help of a bi-directional net meter that keeps a track of the units imported from and exported to the local grid. At the end of the month, the electricity bill you need to pay would be a net of the units imported minus the units exported.

6.    How are we supposed to maintain the solar panels?

The best thing about solar panels is that they are low maintenance and most of the dust and debris get cleared during the rains. However, you would still need to go for a regular maintenance check. 

Cleaning a solar panel once in 6 months is good enough to help maintain the solar panels. While it is always advisable to let a professional do the job, if you want to do it on your own, cleaning solar panels is not a humongous task. You can simply use a soft cloth and soap to clean the panels. Or you can simply run a hose pipe with water over the panels.

Have you been delaying your decision of getting a solar power system? If yes then we advise you get started with the process as soon as possible. That’s because installing a solar power system will help you yield great returns on your initial investment cost by helping you save on your electricity bills for the next 20-25 years. To get started, contact one of the solar experts at Luminous, one of India’s most trustworthy and reputable solar products brand.

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