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Solar Power: What You Need to Know

Solar power is saving people and businesses a lot of money! When you see a real difference in your electricity bill, you will be wondering why you didn’t install solar panels sooner.

Solar power is still a little bit of an unknown for many us. If we were looking at cars instead of solar, we could mention the make and models of cars, the body shapes (like hatch, sedan, etc), and many of us would follow the conversation with considerable ease. However, when it comes to solar, the conversation can become a little harder to follow. Due to this, we have created this ‘Learn About Solar Power’ section on the website, and we will be adding to this as the industry grows and changes.

When it comes to solar power, there are a number of important aspects that you want to understand before you install solar. There are two main components with a solar system, the solar panels and the solar inverter. The solar panels are positioned on your roof to capture the UV rays which they transform into power. This is then sent through to the solar inverter, which transforms this energy into a format that is readily used by your home or business. Making use of this solar power, especially during daylight hours, will reduce your electricity bill.

However, it is important to remember that not all solar panels and inverters are the same – so that you can converse with the solar sales and installation teams. Solar panels can be sometimes be referred to as ‘Tier 1’ and ‘Tier 2’. Many assume this is to do with the quality of the panels, which is not true (though it can have some indirect bearing). This categorising between Tier 1 and Tier 2 is directly linked to the manufacturer, based on areas like;

  • How long they have been in business
  • How much robotics is utilised during the manufacture process
  • How many units they sell in a year
  • How much budget is designated to Research & Development

When it comes to solar panels, the Tier categorising is more indicative of the manufacturer’s performance, than that of the panel. There are certain Tier 2 solar panels that can outperform Tier 1 panels. Solar inverters are a vital component within your solar power system, known brands are often worth considering as they have a solid reputation in the industry. Always complete research and get competitive quotes on solar power before signing any contract. Reputable solar companies will always be happy to answer any questions you may have.