Common Mistakes to Avoid Before Investing in Solar

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Thinking about investing in solar panels?

Well, the smartest decision would be to stop thinking and start doing instead. If you have extra capital simply locked away in a bank account believing the money will be multiplying itself?

Then I got bad news for you…

Nonetheless, if you’re truly reading this, then you must be thinking about investing in solar panels, which is a brilliant decision by the way. But be aware of these common mistakes often committed while installing panels.

Mistake #1: Not hiring a certified installer

Hire a certified installer accredited by the clean energy council of Australia. Otherwise, you’ll end up with lesser power and eventually curse yourself thinking it was a complete waste of investment. Do not hesitate to ask for the document every licensed installer is bound to carry.

Double check your consumption rate

Figure out your actual consumption pattern before betting your money on a PV system. Not checking the consumption rate will lead to poor investment decision, as your solar panels will fail to deliver the right amount of electricity needed to run the appliances in your house.

Mistake #2: Not tilting the solar panels enough

The panels need to be tilted at least 10-degrees for optimum energy production despite
having a flat roof surface. Climb on your rooftop, the first place to go to for initiating your research. For determining the right angle for your panels you’re simply required to know the latitude of your location-

Latitudes of all the regions are:

Canberra- 35        Hobart- 42

Darwin- 12            Adelaide- 35
Perth- 31               Brisbane- 27      Melbourne- 37     Sydney- 34

(all these numbers are in degrees).

One of the most common mistakes in solar installation committed by unprofessional installers only. Steer away from any installer that does not recommend tilting your panel system.

Mistake #3: Not mating the connecting cables

Not mating the connectors attached to the panels is like you’re inviting corrosion to slowly degrade the performance of your entire panel system.

The wires must not be left exposed in the open at all costs. Humidity accompanied by intense sunlight will raise chances of corrosion and then it becomes a matter of few months before you’ll be needing to change your whole setup again.

Mistake #4: Improper wiring

Check for the two DC isolators that frequently burst into flames due to bad wiring.
This is exactly why only certified installers must be hired at all times that implement the
appropriate as well as the safest methods for setting up your solar panels.
Take your time before signing any contract with the local installer in your area.

What’s net metering?

– A new billing system that automatically credits solar panel owners depending on the amount of electricity a panel has supplied to the National Grid. If your system is capable of supplying 500kWh to the grid and you’re consuming 1000kWh at night when your panels are switched off, you’ll be charged for 500kWh.
Enjoy 50% discount for contributing to the national grid.


Mount inverter under a shade

Mistake #5: Not mounting the inverter under a shade

Mounting an inverter directly under the sun will deplete its capacity at a lot faster rate than usual, which survives for twenty years at least, if handled properly. Pay extra attention to the inverter as it will be responsible for channeling surplus power to the national grid, which in return will be credited from your monthly consumption.
The device is responsible for converting the DC into AC commonly used in homes and commercial spaces.
Another common mistake in solar panel installation that seems to be naive but can lead to severe consequences in a short time.

 Mistake #6: your mains supply is erratic

Not checking reviews for solar companies online. Reviews of customers mainly reveal the credibility factor of every installer, which is why finding out whether or not the past clients are satisfied with the work of your chosen installer or not.
If their existing or past clients are satisfied, then it’s highly likely that your chosen applicant
will satisfy you too.

Mistake #7: not calling the electrician for a routine check

Erratic voltage behavior will degrade the inverter. If you’re suffering from fluctuating voltage
at your residence, then call the electrician for inspecting your property and the wiring in the
electric mains supply.

 Mistake #8:  you’re ignoring those micro-cracks

Check for “micro-cracks” that are extremely minute and impossible to notice unless observed real close. Such imperceptible cracks are caused due to mishandling or due to excessive force applied against the screen of a PV panel. These cracks do not affect the efficiency rate of your system; however, as the crack gets larger in size you’ll soon start noticing a significant drop in energy production level.


Hopefully, these common errors resulting from improper solar installation will not turn you into a complete
skeptic. Investing in solar panels is still be the best investment decision one can make, and as long as you’re
erecting solar panels before 2022, the odds of your returns will be almost zero. So without waiting any longer
get your quotes now for free and start enjoying significant returns while avoiding these common mistakes in solar.

Barry Martin
Barry Martin
A hardcore solar enthusiast and installing solar panels since 2012. We have placed specialists in separate segments for installation as well as promoting only the prominent solar brands emerging in today's market. If you're looking for solar consultancy and/or even installers, then I am your guy.

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