As electricity prices continue to soar, many families are frantically seeking a solution to their household budget woes. Solar power generation is the answer; offering a safe, proven and environmentally friendly technology that’s also kind to the hip pocket. Contrary to popular belief, solar power is not just for big business. As families in the Gold Coast and Tweed Head regions realise the environmental and financial benefits, more and more are making the switch to solar power systems.
What are the options?
With countless solar power options saturating the market, it can be hard to know
which direction to take. At The Solar Man, we cut through the confusion to make the decision a simple one.
We offer two main solar power solutions;
- Grid-connected solar PV system
This is the most common type of solar system installation, which connects your solar power generation directly into the electricity grid. This system allows you to power all your household electrical appliances during the day and feed any surplus energy back out into the grid to collect any Feed-in-Tariff credits.
- Stand-alone Power System (SPS)
The second is the ‘stand alone’ solar system. This option is designed for remotely located properties where the cost to connect into the electricity grid is simply too exorbitant or not an option. The solar system charges a very large battery bank, which in turn maintains power to your house during nightime or during times of low sunlight.
- Solar PV system with Battery Backup
The third type of solar system is commonly referred to as a “Hybrid” or “Backup” system. It is a Grid-connected solar PV system but has a small to medium sized battery system connected into it. The batteries charge during the day from the solar PV system, and discharge into back the house during the night.
How long will installation take?
The most common concern associated with adopting a solar power system is that it takes a long time to install. In fact, installation for an average-sized home is complete in less than a day. The Solar Man Team will offer you a comprehensive quote and walk you through the entire process to select the ideal solar solution for you.
Where will the panels go?
With residential houses, the solar panels are installed onto the roof, ideally facing North direction and with no shade. The solar panels are generally well integrated into the roof section areas and as such are barely noticeable, not impacting on the aesthetic looks of your house. However, given the right combination of available area, sunshine and with no shade, they can also be erected freestanding elsewhere on your property (ground-mounted)
Can I have solar in an apartment?
Yes! While the solar power movement is gaining traction throughout Australia (and particularly in the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads regions), a large segment of the market is needlessly missing out. It is a common misconception that people living in units or apartments can’t fit solar panels to their homes. In fact, with ample roof space, residents of units or apartments can benefit from solar technology, too.
Prior to installation, always seek permission from your body corporate. They may allow you to install solar, or wish to power the common areas this way. Body corporates are eligible for the Solar Credit Discount Scheme, along with tenants of residential apartments.
How much can a solar system power in my home?
Available in 1kW to 10kW systems, The Solar Man designs solar panels to suit every household. A 1kW solar system will power your lights, TV, DVD player, stereo, microwave and kettle. A 2kW system will power all of the above, as well as all electrical items typically found in a three-bedroom home, apart from air-conditioning. A system of 3kW and above will operate almost everything, including a standard air-conditioner.
If you’re considering making the switch to solar or are ready to take the journey, Contact The Solar Man to discuss the ideal solar system for you.