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How to Choose the Best Solar Panel System for Your Home

How to Choose the Best Solar Panel System for Your Home

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Switching to solar energy is an excellent decision for both your wallet and the environment. However, with the variety of solar panel systems available, choosing the best one for your home or property can seem daunting. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together this guide on how to select the ideal solar panel system for your needs.

It’s worth mentioning that Brookfield Renewable Energies Ltd offer free property consultations along with free, no obligation quotes carried out by our friendly project managers to help you choose the right solar package for your home. No pushy sales tactics just good old fashioned honest advice based upon experience of helping customers make the switch to solar hassle free.

assess energy consumption for solar panel installation and choosing the right solar panel package

1. Assess Your Energy Needs

The first step in choosing a solar panel system is understanding your energy consumption. Review your electricity bills to determine your average monthly usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This information will help you size your solar panel system appropriately to meet your household’s energy demands. We do have a best package calculator which will give you some options based upon your energy usage: What’s the best solar package for me?

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2. Consider Your Roof’s Suitability

Solar panels require a suitable installation site to function effectively. Evaluate your roof’s condition, orientation, and shading:

  • Condition: Ensure your roof is in good shape and can support the weight of solar panels. If your roof needs repairs, address them before installation, our project managers can take a look at your properties suitablility and give free, friendly advice.
  • While solar panels can be installed on roofs with various orientations, south-facing roofs offer the best conditions for maximizing energy production and efficiency. This orientation ensures that your solar panel system captures the most sunlight throughout the day, leading to higher energy output and greater savings. However, if a south-facing installation isn’t feasible, east- and west-facing roofs can still provide substantial benefits, and a professional installer can help optimize the system for your specific situation.
  • Shading: Trees, chimneys, and other obstructions can reduce the efficiency of your solar panels. Opt for a location with minimal shading throughout the day.
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3. Choose the Right Type of Solar Panels

Selecting the right type of solar panels is crucial, as each type has its own set of benefits. However, monocrystalline panels stand out as the best option due to their high efficiency and sleek design.

  • Monocrystalline: Renowned for their exceptional efficiency and modern appearance, monocrystalline panels are the top choice for maximizing energy production. While they may come at a higher cost, their superior performance makes them worth the investment.
  • Polycrystalline: These panels offer a more budget-friendly alternative. Though slightly less efficient than monocrystalline panels, polycrystalline panels still provide good performance and have a characteristic blue tint. They are a practical and cost-effective option.
  • Thin-Film: Thin-film panels are notable for their lightweight and flexible nature. Despite being less efficient, they are well-suited for unique roof designs or portable uses where traditional panels might not be practical.
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4. Understand Inverter Options

Solar Inverters: The Heart of Your Solar Panel System

Solar inverters play a crucial role in your solar panel system by converting the direct current (DC) generated by your panels into alternating current (AC) used by your home. There are four main types of inverters to consider, each with its unique advantages:

  • String Inverters: These are cost-effective and suitable for homes with minimal shading. String inverters connect multiple panels in a series, making them a common choice for straightforward installations where shading is not an issue.
  • Microinverters: Installed on each panel, microinverters optimize the performance of individual panels. They are ideal for roofs with shading or complex layouts, as they ensure that shading on one panel does not affect the performance of others.
  • Power Optimizers: Combining features of both string inverters and microinverters, power optimizers improve system efficiency by optimizing the output of each panel. They work in conjunction with a central inverter to enhance overall performance, particularly in partially shaded conditions.
  • Hybrid Inverters: These versatile inverters are designed to work with solar panels and battery storage systems. Hybrid inverters convert DC to AC for immediate use and also manage the charging and discharging of batteries, allowing you to store excess energy for later use. This brings us to our next important consideration: integrating solar panels with battery storage.

Solar Panels with Battery Storage: Maximizing Your Solar Investment

Integrating solar panels with battery storage offers numerous benefits, including increased energy independence and reliability. Here’s why you should consider adding a battery storage system to your solar setup:

  • Energy Independence: By storing excess energy generated during the day, you can reduce your reliance on the grid and use stored energy during peak hours or at night.
  • Backup Power: Battery storage systems provide a reliable backup during power outages, ensuring that you have a continuous supply of electricity.
  • Maximized Savings: Storing and using your own solar energy can help you avoid high electricity rates during peak times, further increasing your savings.
  • Environmental Impact: Using stored solar energy reduces your dependence on fossil fuels and lowers your carbon footprint, contributing to a more sustainable future.

By choosing the right inverter and considering a battery storage system, you can optimize your solar panel system’s performance and maximize the benefits of renewable energy for your home.

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5. Research Incentives and Rebates in the UK

Government incentives and rebates in the UK can significantly reduce the cost of your solar panel system. It’s important to research the available programs to maximize your savings. Here are key schemes to consider:

  • Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Scheme: The SEG scheme requires certain licensed electricity suppliers to offer payment to small-scale low-carbon generators for the electricity they export to the National Grid. This scheme ensures you are compensated for any surplus energy your solar panels produce. For more information: Click Here
  • Local Authority Grants and Incentives: Various local councils offer grants or financial incentives for installing renewable energy systems, including solar panels. Check with your local council to see what support is available in your area.
  • Zero VAT on Solar Panels: As of 2022, the UK government has reduced VAT on energy-saving materials, including solar panels, to zero. This reduction significantly lowers the upfront cost of purchasing and installing solar panels.

By taking advantage of these incentives and rebates, you can significantly reduce the initial cost of your solar panel system and increase your long-term savings.

6. Choose a Reputable Solar Installer

Probably the most important aspect of choosing the right solar panel system for your property is choosing a trusted and experienced solar installer. You should only choose a fully insured, certified and accredited solar panel installation company near you.

Choosing the best solar panel system for your home involves careful consideration of your energy needs, roof suitability, panel types, inverter options, costs, and incentives. By taking these factors into account and working with a reputable installer, you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy for years to come.

Ready to make the switch? Contact Brookfield Renewable Energies Ltd today for a consultation and take the first step towards a sustainable future!

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