Renewable energies have been gaining ground in recent years. More than 15,000 French households are installing a solar kit on their roof or outside their home. This is both an ecological and economic gesture. At a time when you would like to participate in the protection of the environment and also reduce your energy expenses, it is time to think about exploiting solar energy. Focus on the important points to consider when purchasing a solar panel kit.
DETERMINE YOUR ENERGY NEEDS
Choosing a solar panel kit is not an easy decision. To begin your sorting, think about the energy that would be needed to cover your needs. It is possible that you will continue to use electrical energy at the same time. In this case, list the electrical appliances that will be connected to your future solar kit. Set aside a few minutes to make a simple calculation. If you think of connecting two 5 W bulbs of each and a 40 W television for three hours a day, your consumption will be 150 WH. You must therefore find a solar panel that guarantees an energy of more than 150 WH, i.e. a nominal power of 30 W. In order to guarantee a better result, the amount of sunlight required by your panels should not exceed 5 hours per day.
You will receive a technical data sheet on each solar panel kit. The higher the power of the device, the more optimal the energy offered. It is good to know that a photovoltaic kit has 3 inseparable elements. You will mainly obtain a solar panel. This equipment captures solar energy in order to transform it into direct current. To obtain an alternating current suitable for electrical appliances, an inverter is part of the kit. Finally, all panels are provided with a mounting structure for easy installation of the equipment outside the house.
SELECT THE TYPE OF SOLAR PANELS
Monocrystalline solar panels are the most common on the market. They offer an efficiency of around 15%. They ensure the transformation of solar energy during all seasons of the year. If you live in a less sunny region, an amorphous solar kit is the ideal option. It guarantees satisfactory results even if the sunshine lasts only a few hours. In order to benefit from alternating current everywhere, get a nomadic model. It will keep you company during your hikes and all your family outings. An average efficiency of 9% will be achieved.
When installing your solar panel kit, it is important to make a few adjustments. During the summer period, from April to September, the angle of inclination must vary between 35° and 45° so that the panels can favorably capture the sun’s rays. In winter, the sun will appear less often. In order to benefit from the sun’s energy even for a few minutes, set the tilt angle at 60°.
THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
Using a solar kit on a daily basis will reduce your monthly electricity bill. On the other hand, you will have to think about spending a considerable budget for the purchase of the equipment. As you will be making an online purchase, you will find different models with varying prices. All you will have to do is choose the prototype that fits your budget. However, there is no question of relying on the cheapest kit in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. Make sure the brand of equipment is reliable before confirming your purchase. It is in your best interest to favour a product from a brand that offers a warranty as well as after-sales service.
It is advisable to increase your investment if the price of the solar kit suitable for your energy needs seems too expensive. Postpone your order or try to reach an agreement with the distributor. Some online sales platforms offer a payment facility.