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Having solar energy solutions installed in your home can greatly improve your quality of life. Not only can it improve energy availability, but it can also reduce your carbon footprint and lower your utility bills.

If you have decided to have solar panels installed, you need to make sure that your property is ready for the installers to arrive. Let’s take a look at how you can prepare for a solar energy installation to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Roof Assessment and Repair

Nine times out of ten, solar panels will be installed on your roof. Therefore, ensure your roof is ready for solar panel installation by inspecting it to assess its condition, and checking for leaks, missing shingles, or any other structural issues.

If you discover a problem with your roof, repair it before the solar installation begins. A stable and well-maintained roof will ensure a secure foundation for the solar panels and help their longevity.

Solar panels can last up to 30 years or more if well maintained, so your roof should have a similar lifespan to avoid complications later on.

Electricity System Evaluation

Are you unsure about how your electricity system is set up? If so, speaking to an electrician is important to ensure that your system can handle a solar installation. If needed, upgrades and replacements to certain components should be implemented to ensure that it can accommodate a solar energy system.

You should also understand how your home is connected to the electrical grid and whether you are able to sell excess electricity that you create back into the grid. Make sure that you are up to speed with your local utility regulations to ensure compliance and that your grid connection is done correctly.

Also, consider installing a battery storage solution for backup power and maximise self-consumption of solar energy. A solar installation seldom consists only of solar panels; it usually includes installing an inverter and battery system to ensure the load’s stability, which can add to the installation cost and complexity.

Sunlight Accessibility

To have a solar panel installation reach its maximum effectiveness, your roof must be fully exposed to sunlight throughout the day. Generally, north-facing roofs receive the most sunlight. You may have an issue if your north-facing roof is shaded by another building or many trees. If possible, remove offending trees and structures to maximise your solar potential.

Permits and Documentation

Solar panels produce electricity, which is inherently dangerous. Therefore, the necessary permits are required to ensure your solar panels are correctly installed.

Ensure that your solar panel installers are adequately qualified and certified to do the job. Additionally, get the necessary approvals from any homeowner associations or local councils to comply with legal requirements to avoid legal issues.

Static Solar & Electrical provides expert installation of solar energy solutions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can get you off the grid in no time.