Have you got a solar panel installed recently? We understand how excited you are to finally experience the energy-saving benefits it can give you, but there are things that you must do first before you finally flip the switch on! We would like to help people like you, which is why in this article we will provide the complete list of things you must do after a solar panel installation.
But first, remember to plan everything out even before the installation to avoid any hiccups later on. For example, make sure to send a connection application first. Network Connection Application (or any equivalent) must be submitted to the electric power distribution company in your area that you are connecting to. If you already have enough things on your plate, don’t fuss. Any reliable solar panel installer can do this for you.
Depending on the efficiency and complexity of your system, it might take a while for the power distribution company to get back to you. For instance, in states like Queensland, solar panel systems sized over 5kW have to wait longer for their approval.
Now to move on to the meat of our discussion, here are the things you should do after a solar panel installation.
1. Check your solar panel installation carefully.
A new solar panel system is usually not compatible with the old meter in your home. Because of this, new solar panel owners have to wait for a couple of weeks to get their new sparky, and finally turn their solar panels on. But you can spend that waiting time making sure that your installation is scot-free.
Here we have a checklist of things that you must inspect immediately after your installation. You might have to call a friend who has a background in fixing electrical wirings or in installing solar panels to really make sure that everything is set. To start, here are some important things to remember when:
Checking your wall…
Make sure that inverters and isolators are well-protected from direct sunlight either through special shading compartments and whatnot. Seal any electrical conduit entries from the top of wall-mounted isolators to prevent rain from seeping into the isolators.
In addition, any cables that run through the walls must be sealed and secured. For sealing open conduits, glands must be used rather than silicone.
Checking your Roof…
Solar panels on your roof should be lined up neatly and leveled with precision. Overhanging panels can pose some dangers to the stability of the system; and if you ever notice panels beyond the edge of the roof, have it adjusted as soon as possible. Any excess rails can be problematic, so have it trimmed right away.
Once everything is set, you can then move on to the next step.
2. Present your Electrical Work Request to the proper channels.
To get a new meter that is compatible with your solar panel system, you have to submit an Electrical Work Request first. This will be important to inform the power distribution company you are connecting with that you have installed up to the Australian standards.
Once you have got your electrical work request approval, send a copy to any eligible electrical retailer. If you are working with an electrical contractor, you also need to give them a heads up on who your electrical retailer will be. Choose a retailer who has a good track record of fast-tracking the rest of the process. You might have to wait a bit longer if the retailer you chose proved to be otherwise.
3. Wait for your new meter.
The reason why you have to go through lengths just to get an electrical work request (EWR) is to obtain an EWR reference number. See, you cannot get a new meter without the latter. But why do you need a new meter in the first place when you already have an existing one?
A new meter is necessary to ensure that your kilowatt-hours are counted accurately. Old meters, which are not compatible with your solar panel system, are not allowed anywhere in the country. Technicians can install this in no time, but the process may take ten days. So, brace yourself for some waiting.
4. Flip the switch on!
This might have taken a long while, but once your new meter is installed, you can finally flip the switch on and start harvesting solar energy! Enjoy this incredibly rewarding stage as it also means that you will start seeing significant changes in your energy bills. But the responsibility of having solar panels does not end here.
Other Things to Remember:
You should never skimp out on maintenance.
As a rule of thumb, maintenance will always be an important part in making sure that your solar panels are protected. You have already invested so much on solar panels, and this extra step will make sure that your investment stays in good shape for a long time.
You can always ask for help from trusted solar panel providers.
When it comes to solar panel installation and maintenance, trust only the experts. Before you jump right into the first provider you find, make sure to research their background and investigate their services. Can they provide a holistic service for you?
Solar panel installation and maintenance service providers like Key Solar can take care of your solar panel needs from the initial assessment and paperwork preparation down to the installation and maintenance. Ready to make the switch? Get in touch and work with us today!