What does PV stand for?
PV stands for photovoltaic. Photovoltaic is the name for the method of converting solar energy into direct current.
What is Solar PV Power?
Solar PV power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity via the photovoltaic effect.
Is it still worth installing a Solar PV System?
Although the feed-in-tariff has been reduced over the years, the price of electricity has increased and by installing a Solar PV System you reduce the amount of electricity you draw from the grid thus reducing your electricity bill by as much as 60%. The average buy-back (Return On Investment) is between 3-4 years.
What happens if there is a power cut?
If the power from the electricity grid is cut or disrupted your Solar PV system will shutdown within 2 seconds for safety reasons. Your system will automatically reconnect once the power from the grid has been restored.
Can I install a second Solar PV System?
Yes. There are a few things that will affect whether or not you chose to install a second Solar PV System.
Is there enough roof space to install a second system?
Will the electricity distributor allow a second system to be installed?
Will the mains cables coming into the property carry the extra load of a second system?
If all of these are “Yes” then you can install a second system on your property.
Speak to one of our consultants for a tailored response depending on your situation.
What are the warranties that I will receive?
Divine Solar Energy offers a 5 year installation warranty on all Solar PV Power systems installed.
The panels used by Divine Solar Energy has a 10 year materials and workmanship warranty and a 25 year production warranty.
The standards warranty for the inverter installed by Divine Solar Energy is 5 years, however you have an option to upgrade to 10 years for a low cost.
Does shading affect the performance of the panels?
Yes! Shading will affect the performance of the panels. On a regular String Inverter Solar PV System, any shading on any part of the system will affect the performance of the whole system. In these circumstances, it may be more beneficial to install a Micro Inverter Solar PV System. Talk to our friendly sales team about your options.
Are bad weather conditions likely to damage my panels?
Bad weather conditions such as hail storms will not usually damage your panels. The panels and railing system are tested to withstand hail the size of golf balls. Solar Panels are lightening resistant and fire retardant.
Does a Solar PV System work in cold weather?
Yes. Your Solar PV system will work in all weather conditions. The amount of electricity produced relates to the amount of sunlight hitting your solar panels. A Solar PV System will work more efficiently on a clear, cool day, compared to a hot day in summer. Your Solar PV System will still produce much more electricity during summer, mainly because of the longer hours of sunlight.
What is a STC?
STC stands for Small-scale Technology Certificates and are part of the Renewable Energy Target Scheme. Each eligible solar system is allocated a certain amount of STC’s, depending upon the amount of electricity it is expected to produce. The STC value fluctuates on any given day. Think of STC’s as the stock exchange, the value per STC varies depending upon the market for each STC’s.
How do STC’s benefit you?
The STC’s create a financial incentive for households, business and community groups to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems. By signing over the rights to the STC’s to Divine Solar Energy, you reduce the purchase price of your system and thereby reduce your out of pocket expenses.
How long does the average installation take place?
The average installation will take between 4 to 6 hours to install, depending on the size of the system and the complexity of the installation.
Does the installer need to be licensed to install a solar system?
Yes. When installing a Solar PV System it must be installed by a CEC Accredited Solar Installer in order to be connected to the electricity grid. Divine Solar Energy only uses CEC Accredited Installers.