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Solar planning for your home
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What you need to think about when planning solar power for your home.

A webinar held by OneStreet with Alex Sommer, Sustainability and Research Manager Landcom, and Ku-ring-gai Council presenting on the latest in solar energy options.

Event details...

Holding a webinar - Do the research

After getting in touch with various contacts, OneStreet coordinator lined up Alex Sommer, Sustainability and Research Manager from Landcom and Ku-ring-gai council as the guest presenters on the latest Solar energy options.

Zoom was chosen as the platform for the webinar, and invitations were sent out to the members of the group via WhatsApp.

An agenda was set which included:
  • a review of OneStreet and its principles
  • Solar panels and its implementation
  • Batteries - yay or nay, and
  • A Q & A session
This was then distributed to the registered attendees prior to the session.

Solar Power Webinar

WEBINAR KEY POINTS

They can't stand the heat...
Solar panels like sun - but not heat... higher heat = lower efficiency. Think about your roofing materials to enable you to get the most out of your panels.

Orientation
Panels are more efficient these days, and harvest energy even if not in the optimum orientation.

Pump it up
If you can, go for >6kW to give yourself more options.

Storage
Batteries are still expensive (approx $10k) and use additional floor space, BUT offer greater use and flexibility from your system.
If you decide to include a battery, design your set-up to include a short run from the inverter to the battery to minimise energy loss from heat generation.
Future storage could be obtained from your EV's battery.

String theory
Some panels come with their own inverters and allow for the creation of multiple 'strings' from connected panels. This is more flexible with energy generation (lose one, another string can take over) but more expensive.

Council help
Your local council likely has energy programs and rebates in place. Get in touch with them to see what they can bring to the table.

Check your installers credentials
Do they have appropriate insurance and safe work method statements?

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Holding a webinar - Do the research

After getting in touch with various contacts, OneStreet coordinator lined up Alex Sommer, Sustainability and Research Manager from Landcom and Ku-ring-gai council as the guest presenters on the latest Solar energy options.

Zoom was chosen as the platform for the webinar, and invitations were sent out to the members of the group via WhatsApp.

An agenda was set which included:
  • a review of OneStreet and its principles
  • Solar panels and its implementation
  • Batteries - yay or nay, and
  • A Q & A session
This was then distributed to the registered attendees prior to the session.

Solar Power Webinar

WEBINAR KEY POINTS

They can't stand the heat...
Solar panels like sun - but not heat... higher heat = lower efficiency. Think about your roofing materials to enable you to get the most out of your panels.

Orientation
Panels are more efficient these days, and harvest energy even if not in the optimum orientation.

Pump it up
If you can, go for >6kW to give yourself more options.

Storage
Batteries are still expensive (approx $10k) and use additional floor space, BUT offer greater use and flexibility from your system.
If you decide to include a battery, design your set-up to include a short run from the inverter to the battery to minimise energy loss from heat generation.
Future storage could be obtained from your EV's battery.

String theory
Some panels come with their own inverters and allow for the creation of multiple 'strings' from connected panels. This is more flexible with energy generation (lose one, another string can take over) but more expensive.

Council help
Your local council likely has energy programs and rebates in place. Get in touch with them to see what they can bring to the table.

Check your installers credentials
Do they have appropriate insurance and safe work method statements?

Links & Resources

Solar Quotes

Getting multiple quotes from reputable installers is the first step in your solar journey.

The website 'Solar Quotes' (run by Finn Peacock) offers a thorough service facilitating quotes from 3 suppliers. You fill in one (extensive) form, and then, sit back and wait.

From their website:
"...over the last 13 years we have steadily built a network of 513 solar installers across Australia that we trust to provide quotes through this website. And we have turned away hundreds more."
and
"...with 63,351 uncensored reviews on my site, you can see for yourself how the installers I recommend are rated by their past customers."
Solar Quotes website

Find your local council

Chatting with your local council prior to getting solar installed is a must.

They may have energy programs or rebates in place that you are eligible for - or know of other programs that are available through other sources.

Below is the link to help you find your local council, so you can give them a call or send them an email.
Find your local council
NOTE: We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse any of the above resources. If you discover any to be sub-par, please contact us and let us know.

Outcomes

Increased the awareness of Solar power

Reviewed the pros and cons for battery installation

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