How To Integrate Solar When Building a New Home

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Building a brand new home means that you’re starting with a blank slate. It’s up to you to decide on what you want and how you want it. We had a chat with Solar Energy Adelaide about the best ways to integrate solar into your construction plans for your new home is far easier than making expensive adaptations to a current or older building, and you could be setting yourself up for a lifetime of savings.

Powerful planning

Once you have a strong idea of what your new home will look like, alongside a firm set of building plans, you’ll be able to work with a solar company to start planning. A good solar company will be able to advise you on how best to incorporate solar into your home design and which specific systems will work most efficiently for you.

Points to consider:

  •  Your roof: this is probably the most crucial part of your home when considering how to integrate solar into your overall design. To install solar, you’ll need sufficient space on a South facing roof (ideally a roof pitch of between 5-12). The space should be as clear as possible as features such as chimneys or vent pipes can disrupt the overall roof span and make it harder to install solar.
  • Exposure: you’ll want the roof space to be as exposed as possible, ideally from morning until mid afternoon. This will help the roof panels to capture as much sun as possible so assess carefully whether there is any threat of shading on the roof space.
  • Insulation: inside your home, you’ll want maximum insulation and an air tight building to make sure that all energy is well preserved with minimal wastage – this applies largely to air conditioning in Summer and heating in Winter.

 

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Long term gains

If you’re building a new home, the chances are you’re keen to base yourself in one place for at least the next few years. Investing early by integrating solar into your new home can save you thousands of dollars in utility bills, capturing the sun’s natural resources and doing your bit for the future of the planet.

 

Help to Budget

When considering integrating solar into the building of your new home take a moment to research potential government grants that may be able to help you financially.

Many state governments offer incentives for new home owners to integrate solar energy wherever possible and it’s highly likely you’ll be able to offset associated fossil fuel emissions from future utility bills. It’s best to consult local a local solar panel company like ionics.com.au for advice.

For more information about installing solar panels on a new home, head over to this website.

Three New Solar Innovations

Whilst increased PV production around the world has led to solar power in homes becoming ever more common, innovations are continuing in other areas of the solar industry. Scientists and developers are continually exploring ways in which energy from the sun can be used to power everything from mobile phones to complex transportation systems. It’s certainly an exciting time for solar technology.

 

1. Brightening Lives

In developing countries, there are millions of people living without any access to electricity. To see by night, these people use kerosene lamps, which not only add over 200 million tons of harmful emissions to the atmosphere every year but are also highly flammable and give off harmful fumes. By gaining access to solar charged lights and appliances, those in developing countries could expand their working hours and it offers huge potential for children wishing to study after dark.

 

2. The power of solar

Charging mobile devices is something that most of us do everyday. When you consider that the number of smartphones in use around the world is now close to 1 billion, it’s not suprising that the charging of these devices is contributing a huge amount to CO2 emissions. Many companies are currently working on innovations that would allow mobile gadgets such as Kindles, smartphones and music systems to run off solar energy.

In addition, using clean energy (such as solar power) for transport could also dramatically cut down on harmful CO2 emissions. In recent years, more electric cars have been seen on the roads and scientists and engineers are working on reproducing this success with trains and even aeroplanes.

 

3. Capturing Infrared

Although photovoltaic cells have come a huge way in harnessing some of the energy from sunlight, it’s worth bearing in mind that only 60% of this type of light is actually visible. Forms of light such as infrared and ultraviolet are therefore often not converted and their potential energy is simply lost.

Researchers and scientists are working on carbon based solar panels that would be able to capture the infrared light. The benefit with this is that the cells needed to capture the infrared light could be placed on top of the silicon based cells which capture the visible sunlight meaning that it would be fairly easy to implement. Although this is still in the very early stages of development it could be a huge turning point in solar energy with far reaching implications.