If you’re looking to undertake a new build or a renovation, considering how solar power fits into the design is a must.
There are few other non-essential “add-ons” to your new build will save you thousands of dollars over the course of its life whilst also improving your environmental footprint.
4 Key Considerations
1. Roof Real Estate
Where possible, you’ll want to ask your architect, designer or building to optimise the roof area and orientation for solar power. This means ideally facing the roof north and reducing gables and complicated roof areas.
2. Location for a inverter and battery
Unless you opt for micro-inverters, you solar PV system will have a single inverter normally located close to the main (or sub) board.
We advise customers to go big on solar first before considering a battery but it’s always a worthwhile idea to consider a location for the battery in a garage or protected outside area. Strict rules apply to the location of batteries – not all garages are deemed acceptable. Get in touch if you would like clarification
3. Get a solar design done early
Getting an accredited solar electrician involved right at the beginning of the design or build will often enable a better designed system and possibly reduce costs.
Roughing in or pre-wiring the solar PV should really be done by an accredited solar electrician (if your builder offers to include a rough-in in the build ask them if the electrician is CEC accredited).
An experienced solar sales consultant can give you tips on:
- Optimum roof design
- Location of the inverter
- When to pre-wire the solar
- Location of a battery
4. Get 3-Phase electricity supply
If your house doesn’t already have 3-phase supply ask your builder for the cost of installing 3-phase. This simply means your electricity supply will be beefed-up!
Why do you need this when you’re planning on installing your own clean-energy solar generator?
Because 3-phase supply will enable you to add 3x as much solar power with no fuss (and export the excess solar). You might also be able to install a larger battery and down the track your Electric Vehicle will be able to be charged quicker!