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Published on Monday April 29, 2024
Author: AW Electrics

Demystifying Solar Panels: Your FAQs Answered

Welcome to our comprehensive FAQ guide where we bust some of the most common myths surrounding solar panels.

At A W Electrics, we understand that transitioning to solar energy is a significant decision, and we’re here to provide you with accurate information to help you make informed choices.

Let’s clear up some misconceptions and reveal the truth about solar energy…

Can I still install solar panels if my roof doesn't face exactly south?

Absolutely! While south-facing roofs do capture the most sunlight, solar panels can still generate significant energy on roofs facing other directions.

Panels installed on roofs that face east or west will still produce electricity throughout the day, albeit slightly less efficiently than their south-facing counterparts.

The key is in the installation angle and positioning which our experts at A W Electrics can optimise for any roof orientation to ensure maximum solar gain.

Does shade from trees mean I can't have solar panels?

Not necessarily. It’s true that shade from trees or other structures can impact the efficiency of solar panels; however, this doesn’t automatically disqualify your home from benefiting from solar energy.

Options such as trimming or removing trees can mitigate shading issues.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that sun and shade patterns will change throughout the day.

This means that even in areas with some shade, your panels could still receive ample sunlight at different times, particularly during peak solar hours.

I’m not at home during the day, will solar panels be pointless?

Not at all! If you’re typically out during the daytime, any solar electricity that isn’t used can be sold back to the grid through schemes like the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) in the UK.

This not only helps reduce your energy bills but also contributes to the grid’s sustainability.

Moreover, investing in a battery storage system allows you to store solar energy generated during the day for use during the evening, ensuring that none of the energy goes to waste.

Modern appliances often come with timer features to run them when your solar production is at its peak, optimising your usage.

Are solar panels expensive?

While the initial investment for solar panel installation can be significant, the long-term savings on energy bills and the potential income through the SEG make it economically viable.

Moreover, the cost of solar technology has dropped dramatically over the past decade, making it more accessible than ever. There are also various government grants and incentives available that can help offset the installation cost.

Do solar panels require a lot of maintenance?

Solar panels are quite low maintenance. Once installed, they don’t require much more than occasional cleaning to keep them operating efficiently.

There are no moving parts that wear out over time, which minimises the potential for breakdowns.

At A W Electrics, we recommend an annual check-up to ensure everything is functioning correctly, which helps prolong the lifespan of your installation.

Will installing solar panels increase my home’s value?

Yes, installing solar panels can increase your property’s value.

Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them.

Buyers appreciate the lower electric bills and the home’s overall energy efficiency, making this a wise investment not only for your utility savings but also for your property’s marketability.

Still Thinking About Solar? Let's Clear Up Those Questions!

Contact us today for a comprehensive Solar Consultation and start on the path to a brighter, greener future.

Our team at A W Electrics is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring you make the best decision for your home and family.

Don’t wait to make a positive change—reach out now and let us help you harness the power of the sun! Join the energy revolution with A W Electrics – Power your home the smart way!