Residential Solar Power FAQs
What are the main types of residential solar power installations?
There are two main types of residential solar installations. The first and most common system connects your solar panel installation with the main electricity grid. This Grid Connect system allows you to feed energy back into the grid through your meter, and be financially rewarded for it by your energy company. The other is a ‘Stand-Alone’ solar power system for remote properties where the cost of connecting the solar panel installation to the main grid is prohibitive. The system charges a battery bank, which in turn is used to power a house. A generator is usually kept available to back up the battery system.
I live in a residential apartment building. What are my solar energy options?
There’s normally plenty of vacant and sunny space on the roofs of apartment buildings. You’ll usually need to obtain permission from your body corporate prior to any solar installation going ahead. Alternatively, your body corporate itself may wish to power the building’s common areas and lighting by a solar panel installation.
Where should the solar panels be installed?
Wherever you have maximum sunshine and minimal shade. Normally the solar panels will be installed as discreetly as possible on your roof, but if you prefer they can also be erected free standing elsewhere on your property.
Maximum solar energy in non-tropical Australia is obtained by having the solar panels face north, and tilted upwards at an angle of 30 degrees. In tropical regions, where the sun is sometimes to the north and sometimes to the south, panels receive the most sunlight throughout the year when they are lain nearly flat with a slightly northerly tilt.
What is an inverter and where should it be installed?
An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by your solar panels into 240V AC electricity suitable for use in your home. Inverters are usually smaller than a standard briefcase, and are situated close to your electrical switchboard.
How do I maintain my residential solar power installation?
Simply by ensuring, every year or as need be, that your solar panels are kept clean. That’s all you really need to do. There are no moving parts, and so a good solar panel installation should last you for 20 years or more.
How much do solar power systems cost?
The cost of solar panels and inverters vary immensely, with a wide variety or brands and quality around the world. At Vested Energy, we don’t believe in a one size fits all system and can design a system that meets you and your family’s energy consumption habits and needs. An average 6.6 kW system will cost around $5,200 after government rebates.
Why should I install solar?
Harness the suns unlimited energy resource to power you home, support environmental sustainability and reduce your electricity bills. Become independent of the energy retail suppliers and manage your energy consumption.
How much will a solar panel system save me?
Savings vary depending on household consumption and the size of the system installed. The average household will save around $2,000-2,500 per year with a 6.6kW system.
Why choose Vested Energy?
At Vested Energy, we live and breathe solar power and environmental sustainability. All of our solar panel installers are Clean Energy Council (CEC) Accredited Installers. Depending on your roof space and budget, we can design a system that will significantly reduce your power bills or even eliminate them all together!
Do I need a battery?
In recent years, batteries have reduced in price and are seeing a better Return on Investment (ROI). Solar energy storage is essential for every home and business but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is it right for you or the best choice given current prices. The ROI will depend on your consumption and one of our friendly team members can discuss the best approach for your home or business.