The Sun Revolution & the Storage Battery

Many homes alternate photovoltaic energy with other renewable energy sources in order to afford their own energy independence.

Photovoltaic System: the Characteristics of the Roof

Once you have established, with the help of an expert consultant, the characteristics and sizing that the system must have to best meet the energy needs in relation to consumption habits, you can proceed with the operational phases. First of all, a survey of the roof and the analysis of its characteristics will be necessary. While it is true that almost all roofs can be equipped with photovoltaic modules, these will not give the same results on every roof. In fact, various factors such as the orientation of the pitches, the presence of shadows or the slope affect production, considering that the ideal is to have the panels inclined between 30 and 35 degrees.

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Photovoltaic System Installation
Warranty and Maintenance

Orientation and Dimensions of Solar Panels

The photovoltaic system does not require any special masonry work to be installed: the important thing is that the roof, pitched or flat, is solid and has no signs of sagging, both inside and out. The orientation is also fundamental: optimal for the south, completely not recommended for the north. Finally, the possible presence of trees or nearby houses that cast their shadow, even only partially, are elements that do not make the installation advantageous. As for the size, however, it is not usually a problem: a domestic-sized system, with 3 kW of nominal power, requires a maximum of 30 square meters of space on pitched roofs which become 40 for flat surfaces. However, 5 square meters must be added to these measurements for each kW of nominal power in the case of a triangular roof. Furthermore, any unusable space due to the presence of antennas or chimneys must be considered.

On-the-spot metering (SSP) is a mechanism that enhances the energy produced by your system and subsequently fed into the grid. Thanks to an economic compensation mechanism between injections and withdrawals, the SSP takes into account all the energy produced: both that fed into the grid and that used for consumption in one’s own home.

The payback time depends on various factors, including exposure, weather conditions and self-consumption. On average, for a photovoltaic-only system it takes 7 years for the return on investment, in the case with accumulation 9 years.

The photovoltaic system is a system that does not require any continuous maintenance, except in the event that you experience a significant drop in performance. In this circumstance it may be necessary to visit a technician to check if there are any problems or if the panels are simply dirty due to atmospheric agents.