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Solar Panel Installation – How to get it right

Installing solar panels on your home is not a trivial matter. Apart from the financial cost of the installation, it is a very complicated and technical endeavour requiring very specific skills and training. You will need roofers, scaffolders and electricians specifically trained on solar installations. Typically, your local electrician doesn’t do this kind of work because of the challenges involved. Think about it: You are installing a power generating & possibly storage system in your home. Over the months and years, megawatts of electricity are going to be generated, possibly stored in a battery, and then fed into your home

Is it worth getting a battery with solar panels?

  First of all, it is important to say you do not need to have a battery with your solar panels . It will work perfectly well without them. If you do not have batteries as part of your solar panel system, you also can get away with a normal inverter and not a hybrid inverter that is required if you have batteries. If you do not know what an inverter is click here for an explanation.   Obviously if you do not have a battery connected to your PV system then any power your panels generate but you do

Why do I need a Solar Panel Inverter?

Solar panels generate DC electricity. DC stands for Direct Current. The electric grid uses AC electricity. AC here stands for Alternating Current.  Your inverter ‘converts’ the DC electricity from your solar panels to AC electricity to use in your home. Modern solar panel inverters do a lot more than just convert DC to AC, they also monitor and report on the performance of your solar panel system. If you are using an app to monitor the performance of your solar panels, then that information is coming from your inverter. Another function of inverters is to disconnect your solar panel system