The more solar panels, the better?
Solar panels are a renewable energy technology that converts sunlight into electrical energy. It’s also a green technology that produces zero pollution, but is it like all good things? The more, the better? Some of you might be surprised by the answer, but it’s a NO. If we are talking about rooftop solar panels, there are a few factors to consider before doing anything.
Factors to consider for the number of solar panels
First and foremost, your house’s roof condition plays an important role here. In order to install your desired amount of solar panels, you will need to have enough space on your roof or property to install them. Hence, do not reject having your solar consultant visit your home. Let them fly the drone and have some drone shots on your roof.
Next would be the cost of solar panels. It is important to consider your budget when deciding how many solar panels to install because they can vary significantly. In general, solar panels cost from RM19k to more than RM50k. So be prepared to have roughly this range of budget before you consider installing.
To know the exact cost of your solar panels, you must also know your electricity needs. Consider your current and future electricity needs when deciding how many panels to install. If you have a large home with high energy needs, you may need more panels than if you have a smaller home with lower energy needs.
Aside: solar panel installation is not recommended if your monthly electricity bill is less than RM200. Let’s think about this question: is it possible that you’ll use more than RM200 a month if you don’t need to worry about the bills? If the answer is yes, congratulations! You can be part of the solar energy journey with us. If the answer is no, we strongly advise you not to install the system because you will not see significant savings and the payback period will be longer.
Disadvantages of having too many solar panels
One of the few disadvantages of having too many solar panels is that you cannot use all your excess electricity and have to send the excess electricity back to the power company. It is important to understand your unique situation and then determine how many solar panels you should get for your solar panel installations. If not, the ROI will not make much sense to you.
What is next?
Once you know how much your energy consumption is and how much roof area is available for solar panels to be installed, you need to calculate how many solar panels you need to buy for full-capacity solar energy systems. You can install as many solar panels as it takes to cover your entire roof, but that’s not the best way to go about it.
The solar panels are connected in series. This means that connecting them in parallel will double your total output. You can determine how many panels you should buy by dividing the total wattage required for your home by the number of watts a solar panel can produce, or you can just get a solar consultant to do a free site survey on your house and ask him to do the calculations.
It is important to know as much as possible before any installation.
Why is it not better to have more solar panels?
You may have a hard time understanding this concept. Sunlight is abundant, and it never runs out, right? So why shouldn’t we capture as much of it as possible? To get a better understanding of this question, you’ll need a consultation with solar energy consultants.
Nonetheless, let us talk about the system balance point. The balance point of a solar system is defined as the point at which there is enough solar power being generated to offset all of the loads in an average day. This number varies; for example, in some systems, it falls between 3 and 6kW worth of solar power production capacity. Beyond that, your system will be producing more electricity than you’re using, meaning that some of that power will be sending unused energy back into the grid.
Wiring is also very important. If you’ve already got a system installed with proper wire sizing, adding another 2kW or even 1kW is typically plug-and-play. When you try to add more than that, complications will arise because you may not have properly planned your installation from the start.
Last but not least
And probably the most important thing is that you must choose a good consultant before installation. Here at Verdant Solar, we only provide the best. So if you’re looking for a solar installation company, we are right there, only a phone call away. We are equipped with knowledgeable, expert consultants with years of experience. What’s more awesome? A consultation with Verdant Solar is totally free! We will let you know everything you need to know about installing solar panels so you don’t make any mistakes! Sign up here to get a free site survey.