Turning the rays from our New Zealand sun into energy your home can use is a process that involves 5 different components. And they all work together to deliver clean, solar energy and lower energy bills. Besides independence from your local power company, rooftop solar is clean renewable energy that usually pays for itself in the first seven years. It can even raise your property values, keep your lights on through wind and rain and blackouts, and power some or all of your home.

Here’s what it takes to deliver clean solar energy your home can use

1. Solar panels

Solar panels don’t work on their own, but once connected are the most visible part of your system. There are monocrystalline (mono) and polycrystalline (poly) solar panels typically used in home solar installations. Both function in the same way—they take the energy from the sun and capture it to be converted into electricity for you to use. And both are made from durable silicon. But mono panels have a black, shiny appearance, while poly appear bright blue.


2. Solar inverter

The inverter is what takes the direct current generated by the solar panels and turns it into alternating current our homes can use. The choice of your solar inverter may have an impact on your choice of panels. It’s all connected.

3. Mounting structures

Attaching the panels and equipment to the roof takes more than a few nuts and bolts. Your technician will have to be specific about your anchors based on your roof style to make sure they attach securely and your home stays in top shape.

4. Batteries

While solar energy is very useful during the day, when the sun sets (or the storm clouds roll in), you’re going to want to have a backup of those rays to dip into. You can get one or several batteries of various capacity and longevity, depending on your needs. If you’re totally off the grid, you’ll need more capacity than if you are grid tied.


5. Your warranty

This is the most overlooked item in your solar energy system components check list. Many manufacturers or installers will provide warranties or limited warranties on some of all of the parts of your solar energy system. Be sure to get to know the general limitations and benefits of all warranties.

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