Solar power is not something that is new or uncommon. It has become an increasingly popular topic in the energy market and amongst commercial and residential consumers worldwide.
Solar power has also become a crucial part as a renewable energy source that relieves pressure on the non-renewable sources, while simultaneously providing the same, if not better, results that are cost-effective in the long-term.
Considering this, it will not be hard to find solar panels for sale from various distributors in South Africa. There are, however, several considerations before consumers convert to partially, or fully, using solar power as a source of energy.
There is a fair amount of planning involved with converting to solar power and this process may prove to be intimidating and difficult. For this reason, consumers can consult the considerations below to aid in their decision to “go solar”.
Considerations before investing in a Solar Panel
Current Electricity Consumption
This is the first consideration, and it involves the amount of electricity that the household consumes daily. This can be determined by reviewing electricity bills for the last twelve months to see what the average usage per day, week, and month is. This will help to determine what type of solar panel will work best to maintain the household’s electricity requirements, and even improve it.
Location and Placement
Solar panels are not a “one size fits all” and consumers must consider the different types, their size and the size and condition of the household’s roof.
Many older houses may require repairs to ensure that the solar panels can be supported and to ensure that there is no damage to the roof or the structure. Solar panels can also be installed on the ground in some residential areas, granted that there is enough space.
Type of Solar Power Required
The consumer must also choose between PV panels and Solar Thermal panels, as each has their own advantages and disadvantages.
Another consideration here is the performance durability, and the warranty of the solar panel. Consumers can visit the Livestainable website to view the different panels and their specifications to get an idea of the solar panels available on the market.
Solar panels will save consumers money long-term and the longer they are used, the more consumers will end up saving as utility bills shrink. There are, however, some initial set-up costs involved that may be high.
The up-front costs of panels can be quite expensive depending on the brand and type of solar panel as well as how many the consumer must install. Consumers must consider whether they want to spend a large sum or finance the process of converting to solar power.
Instead of looking at solar panels for sale from distributors such as Livestainable, consumers also have the option of renting solar panels instead as a more cost-effective option.