In our new series, we’re tackling 7 rookie mistakes that are often made when it comes to investing in a solar solution.
MISTAKE 3 | Thinking that DIY solar is easy
Thinking that you can tackle the task of installing your own solar system is a common mistake we see too often. Have you done your due diligence?
If you're just starting out with your research, you might think it's as simple as looking at your latest energy bill - then buying enough panels to cover that usage. But that would ignore factors like:
- your load profile
- your geographical location
- degradation of equipment over time
These factors all impact the true output of your system.
All the above is taken into consideration when simulating the proposed system through proper design software, which any reputable solar provider should have access to. You should never accept a solar quote/proposal without a solar design from Helioscope or PV Syst. That's why we recommend that you consult with an experienced solar provider first, before investing in your solar system.
MISTAKE 4 | Not considering load shedding
You’ve chosen your solar system, but did you consider whether it’s the right option to see you through load shedding?
If you're generating your own energy, then the lights should stay on during a power outage, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case with grid-tied solar systems. When the grid power goes out, so does your grid-tied solar system. This keeps utility workers safe from energy being produced from your solar array.
The remedy for this is a grid-tied system with battery backup (Hybrid System). When the power is on, it functions as a normal grid-tied system. During an outage, a backup battery bank kicks in to keep the lights and essentials on. It costs more, which is completely dependent on the items you deem essential, but the peace of mind is invaluable, especially in South Africa with the ever-present threat of load shedding.
Click here to watch our quick video on the above common solar mistakes.
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