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AgriSolar Solar PV FAQs

AgriSolar: FAQ's

The sun delivers more energy to earth in an hour than is used worldwide in a year. We can harness this energy by using solar technologies and thoughtful building design. - SEAI, 2017

1. What is solar PV and how does it work?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells work on the principle that energy in the sun is converted to electricity. PV cells are used to convert solar radiation into electricity. When light shines on the solar panels, an electric field is created, which causes electricity to flow.

This electricity is then captured by an inverter which distributes it for consumption on the premises. If excess electricity is generated that what is required, this excess can be exported to the grid automatically by the inverter.

2. Can I use my solar panels to heat hot water? (Solar PV vs thermal collectors)

Yes, a booster system can be installed to heat hot water. Once excess electricity is available than what is required on the premises this electricity will automatically be transferred to the hot water tank instead of sending it back to the national grid. This hot water booster system can work as a standalone heating system or in combination with an existed oil/gas water heating system.

3. Can I use my solar panels to provide electricity for my house along with my farm?

If your house and farm are connected to the same electricity supply and meter, electricity generated by the solar PV system can be used for both the farm and the house.

4. What direction do my sheds need to be facing?

Any direction that solar panels are facing in Ireland will result in some electricity production. But compared to solar panels facing south, north-facing panels generate far less power. Both the north-east and north-west are not particularly good orientation choices. On the other hand, solar panels that face south, west, or east will generate almost as much power as those that face south.

Your utilization of electricity will determine which direction is best for you. You should pay close attention to what time of day your electricity demand is greatest. Your choice of direction may also be influenced by practical factors, like as the design and orientation of your roof.

5. Can I put panel on different sides of a roof?

Yes, the inverters are designed to allow multiple strings of solar panels to be placed on different roof orientations on the one system.

6. Can I add additional panels to the system in the future?

Yes, additional panel and invertors can be added to the system easily if required.

7. How much maintenance is required for solar panels?

PV systems are low maintenance, but not zero maintenance. The most important aspect is to monitor the performance of your system regularly which can be done through the mobile app. The solar panels themselves are extremely robust, but consideration should be given to cleaning them every few years to maintain their performance.

8. How long are my solar panels and inverter guaranteed for?

PV systems are low maintenance, but not zero maintenance. The most important aspect is to monitor the performance of your system regularly which can be done through the mobile app. The solar panels themselves are extremely robust, but consideration should be given to cleaning them every few years to maintain their performance.

9. Can I use my solar panel to charge an electric car?

Yes, the solar PV system can be supplied with a connection to allow you to charge an electric car.

10. Can I install my solar PV panels on a detached building away from the main fuse board?

Yes, the panels can be installed on separate buildings from the main fuse board. This will be full assessed during the site survey to decide the best location for the panels and inverter to maximize solar performance output.

AgriSolar Specialist Solar PV Farms Kerry

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