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How To: Make the Most of Your Solar Panels
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
Your shiny new solar panels have just been installed and you’re already generating your own free, clean electricity. Things are off to a great start, but you’re wondering how you can make sure you’re gaining the greatest possible benefits from your new renewable energy system. Well look no further. We’ve compiled our top tips on how to ensure your solar panels are operating at maximum efficiency and bringing you maximum savings…
First up – what actually is efficiency?
Efficiency = how much of the energy that a panel absorbs (light energy from the sun) is converted into useful energy (electricity). It’s written as a percentage (%). For example, a solar panel that is 50% efficient will convert half of the sunlight it absorbs into electricity.
Different types of solar panels have different efficiency ratings, which depend on the materials they are made from. Things such as the angle and direction of your roof will also affect efficiency. Your dedicated Project Manager will ensure all of these factors are carefully assessed before designing your solar panel system.
So how can I increase the efficiency of my panels?
In other words, how can I make sure my panels are generating as much electricity as they possibly can?
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How can I ensure maximum savings?
Now you’ve got your panels producing as much electricity as possible, you want to make sure you’re using as much of that electricity as possible. Remember, the more (free) solar electricity you use, the less electricity you have to buy from the grid!