If you have sun on your roof from 10 am to 2pm then there will be enough light to make solar power a worthwhile investment. Most houses have roof areas that have many more hours of exposure to the sun.
During the night when the sun is not out, your solar power system will not produce any energy. You will still draw power from the grid and be charged for it as you have always been. A net meter is able to record both the power you consume and the power you export to the grid.
Most quality solar power systems are expected to last 25 to 35 years. If you buy low quality components the lifespan will be significantly reduced.
Solar panels have no moving parts and all that can be required is a clean of the panels from time to time. Inverters generally have a lifespan of 10 years.
Solar panels have a layer of protective glass that protects the cells from the elements. On quality panels this is between 3-4 mm thick and is enough to deflect hailstones up to a certain size. Low quality panels have thinner glass and are more prone to damage. Solar power systems will be covered under a home and contents insurance policy, if specified.
Generally a solar power system will look after its self and all that can be required is a clean of the panels during long periods of no rain. The Australian standards recommend a yearly service of the electrical components of a solar power system. Meridian Solar offer maintenance packages so you have peace of mind that your investment is working to its optimum capacity
A system designer will usually match the size of inverter, to the number of panels a system has. A larger inverter can be selected that has the capacity to add more panels at a later date if more generation is required. This could be a good consideration to allow for an increase in the price paid for exported solar power in the future.
No. The inverter is constantly monitoring the grid to make sure it is working within its normal parameters. If it goes out side these parameters the inverter will shutdown and not feed electricity to the grid. This is so any line workers, who may be fixing the network, do not get electrocuted. Once the grid is back operating the inverter will resume operation.
All Meridian Solar systems are connected to the grid. To be independent from the grid you require battery back up to store any excess power the panels produce. This is known as a Stand-alone solar system. Batteries are expensive and require a lot of maintenance. They are a viable option in rural areas that are some distance from the main electricity network.
Your solar power generation and your electricity consumption will be incorporated on the same electricity bill. It is suggested you shop around for energy distributors, as there are differences in the prices paid for exported power and electricity consumed.
Your solar power system will be installed by our quality team of CEC accredited installers and licensed electricians. We have managed more than 2000 solar installations and operate to the highest standards.