Your solar system is not generating enough power, your family has grown and your electricity demand has increased, you want to export more power to the grid, you are looking at adding more panels to the existing system, you want to add more panels and a new bigger size inverter too or you are looking at getting an entirely new solar PV system for you property. These are the reasons and alternatives available for your solar upgrade. Keep reading to explore more in detail.
Verify the condition and check the performance of your current system
It is a smart option to evaluate the effectiveness of your existing solar modules configuration before deciding whether you may expand your system with extra solar panels. Adding more solar panels may lead to having cost or installation issues depending on how old your present system is. It’s great to have some information about the existing solar system in place before switching to a new one. Check the performance of your system and evaluate it.
What’s your inverter size? Can it take more panels?
An important component of the solar system known as solar inverter converts the DC power generated by your solar panels into AC power for usage in your house and the excess transferred to the grid. Please note that you are permitted to install up to 133% of your solar inverter capacity. For example your 5kW solar inverter can install up to 6.6kW of panels. If the panels installed are less, you can add more on the existing inverter capacity. However, if the inverter’s maximum capacity is being used, then installing a new inverter with higher capacity needs to be considered for adding extra panels.
Evaluate your current energy consumption
It’s crucial to evaluate your current energy consumption before considering expanding your system with additional solar modules. This shall help you understand how many panels to add to your system and whether doing so will be cost-effective. Your present solar panel system might be adequate if you are presently feeding back a considerable portion of your energy as excess back to the grid. You can decide the number of solar panels you need once you’ve calculated your energy consumption.
Does your roof have enough space for additional panels?
The additional space available on your roof is also one of the factors in deciding how many solar panels to install. Whether you can expand your system with extra panels depends on the size of the ones you already have installed. Solar Panel size varies with the brand and watts of panels installed. Your solar expert can help you understand if the existing system needs to be replaced entirely or just the panels can be added with the roof space available. Speak to one of our Solar Miner consultants and get the free roof layout.
Installing batteries can be a good option
Adding batteries along with adding solar panels or just connecting batteries to an existing system can boost the effectiveness of a solar PV system. Solar battery helps you store the excess power generated by your solar power system, which can be used at night or exported back to the grid. This helps you reduce the energy costs and save more.
Speak to a Solar Miner professional
Adding extra panels to the existing system or getting a new solar PV system has never been so easy. With years of experience, the Solar Miner team has understood that solar is an investment and we help our customers receive the right return on investment. Speak to our friendly team at Solar Miner and learn more about solar power systems for your Victorian household.