frequently asked questions
The benefits of going solar are undeniable – you’ll save money while doing your part to help the environment, and for most people it’s a step into the unknown that has large costs involved, but the path to a Solar Energy future that is both cost effective and sustainable is only a phone call away.
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Find below a list of the most frequently asked questions about solar for your home or business.
Benefits of Solar
Homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them, It is an inescapable fact that you will not get the full value out of your investment without it. Going solar will actually increase your property value more than a renovation or most improvements to your home.
The potential savings generated from a solar project depends on several factors, including the monthly amount you spend on energy, the amount of solar that can be installed at your business or Home, the production potential of the system, the utility your facility is in, and the incentives you take advantage of.
With enough space for solar, a business can offset all their electric bills.
Reduces Air Pollution as Fossil fuels create a lot of pollutants. We’re not even talking about carbon dioxide and climate change.
Reduce Water Usage because Solar panels create energy without using water.
Fight Climate Change with Solar one of the best ways we can try to prevent the effects of climate change. By reducing our CO2 emissions, and releasing fewer pollutants in the air, we can all do our part to slow down climate change.
How Solar Works
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Energy created by the heat and light of the sun is called solar energy. Solar power is produced when energy from the sun is converted into electricity or used to heat air, water or other substances. Solar energy can also be used to create solar fuels such as hydrogen.
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A solar system built with high quality materials and proper construction techniques, that also receives proper maintenance, can last for 25 years or more. There will be some planned maintenance to replace equipment such as inverters at stages of the system life, which doesn’t have as long a lifespan as the solar panels.
If you put a silicon cell in the sunbeam’s path, the cell catches the energetic photons and turns them into a flow of electrons, or an electric current. These electrons can be forced to flow around an electric circuit and then power our businesses, homes, phones and laptops.
Solar panels work in cloudy weather. However, they do not generate as much electricity as they do during a sunny day. There are many areas that receive frequent rainy or cloudy weather where solar production can still be significant. As the efficiency of solar panels continues to increase, the overall production of panels will go up and help further offset a decrease in production during cloudy periods.
General system maintenance can be performed by the system owner.
Checking the mountings of the frames and solar panels
Cleaning the solar panels
Checking the rooftop isolator for any loose connections or water ingress
Checking the rooftop isolator operation
Checking for loose connections between the solar panels
Checking the inverter mountings
Checking A/C and D/C isolators for water ingress and loose connections
Complete an anti-islanding test
Measure and record output at inverter of strings
Check and record inverter performance history
Checking operation of the shutdown procedure
Always engage a qualified technician
Operating and Maintaining Your System
Once you have your system installed it can operate effectively with one or two washings a year, with periodical system checks. Throughout the 25 life of the system there may also be planned replacements and upgrades for some pieces of equipment.
Each system that we install can send data to a monitoring device. MSE have the latest system tracking in place to detect any changes in system production and status that might indicate a problem. Data helps us quickly diagnose the issue to schedule a service call. Customers can also track system production and set up system alerts, even to their mobile phone.
General system maintenance can be performed by the system owner. Checking the mountings of the frames and solar panels Cleaning the solar panels Checking the rooftop isolator for any loose connections or water ingress Checking the rooftop isolator operation Checking for loose connections between the solar panels Checking the inverter mountings Checking A/C and D/C isolators for water ingress and loose connections Complete an anti-islanding test Measure and record output at inverter of strings Check and record inverter performance history Checking operation of the shutdown procedure Always engage a qualified technician
An AC-coupled storage system is connected to your switchboard.
The main advantage of AC-coupled battery storage is that it is the easiest and generally more cost-effective way to retrofit batteries onto a pre-existing solar PV system.
Examples of AC-coupled solutions include the Varta Pulse 6, Sonnen & of course Tesla Powerwall 2.
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A DC-connected energy storage system connects to the grid mains at the same place as the solar panels; this usually means that they share a ‘Hybrid Inverter’. You can think of this as a ‘one box’ solution, because there is only one inverter instead of two.
Because they contain fewer components (which usually translates into lower costs), we generally recommend DC-coupled systems for homes considering a brand new solar & storage system (as opposed to a retrofit).
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