Solar energy is a renewable energy and is a potential source of energy for future home and office power requirements. However, you have to be aware of some problems with solar panels.
We installed solar panels for energy in kitchen, backyard and bathrooms. The panels are fixed in open spaces where there is a lot of sunlight during the day.
- 1. The first major problem starts here in the rainy season. On the days when it rains, the panels don’t work well as solar energy is not stored properly; rather, some of the existing amount is released into the thin air as vapor. Our panels got installed on the terrace and garden. The panels capture solar energy and convert it in times of need or when we switch on the solar inverter. The connection can be automated for use in times of power-cuts so that the solar energy powers the bulbs and fans in some rooms of the house.
- 2. The resale value of a house reduces and the mortgaging problems may arise due to the rashes on roof slopes. A lot of house-buyers skip houses with solar panels because they don’t want roofs in ugly condition. The panels do get overloaded on the roof-tops and leave damages for sure while installing. Rain water may even seep through the roof tops.
- 3. Install solar panels with a lot of patience. The return on investment is low. You need to invest more than $15000 and you get about $1000 return in the form of savings on electricity bill and for leasing solar power to state enterprises to some extent. It takes 15-20 years to recover the gains.
- 4. There are legal commitments about installing panels, maintenance of solar panels, leasing terms and home owners must consider long-term implications after consulting their legal advisors. Buy from branded sellers with substantial warranty (25 years), authentic certification like TUV IEC 61215 and make sure that you get efficient inverters to avoid energy wastage.
Get planning permissions and building regulation certificates in place. Don’t take much heat!