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Here are some of the questions we get asked often, if you have any thing else you would like to know please contact us on info@solarcraft.co.nz

 

How does a solar PV system work?

What energy provider does the payback scheme?

How much does a system cost?

Do your systems come with warranty?

How long will it take to install?

What is the power output of a panel?

Where is the inverter mounted?

Do you have to clean the panels after installation?

Is it easy to expand an existing system?

Can i take the system with me when I move house?

Is my house suitable for a solar PV array?

Do I require a building permit to install a solar PV array on my house?

What direction should my solar panels face?

What is the difference between solar hot water and PV solar electricity?

What are solar panels?

How much does a solar panel cost?


How does a Solar PV system work?

The solar panels mounted on your roof convert sunlight into electricity. An inverter then converts the energy into 240V AC for the home and any excess energy is fed back to the grid.

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What energy provider does the payback scheme?

At the moment there are a couple of providers currently offering the pay back scheme, we think Meridian offers the better rewards by far.

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How much does a system cost?

The systems start at under $6,400 installed. This is a standard package. The price really depends on what you want out of your system. You can apply for a no obligation quote through this website and we can price a system that best fits your needs being price and energy consumption.

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Do your systems come with warranty?

At SolarCraft we only install quality equipment that is backed up by rock solid warranties. We use quality Renesola 250watt or Panasonic 240watt PV modules with a high efficiency rating of 15.4%, a workmanship warranty of 10 years and are warranted to provide at least 90% of their rated output at standard conditions for a minimum of 10 years and 80% for a minimum of 25 years.

All EnaSolar inverters carry a standard 5 year factory warranty. There is an optional 5 year extension available on all inverters.

Our Sunny Island inverters come with a five-year warranty as standard. If a repair is needed during this time, we will immediately send you a replacement device with all the necessary updates. 

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How long will it take to install?

Most solar PV systems take less than a day to install, some of the larger 6Kw and above may take a couple of days depending on roof conditions and mounting systems.

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What is the power output of a panel?

This varies from one manufacturer to another, however our leading panel, the Mistsubishi Electric Monocrystaline panel has power output of 260W and a positive power tolerance of 0-5%

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Where is the inverter mounted?

The inverters we use are weather proof so this means they can be mounted on the exterior wall of your house or inside if you wish. The only limitation is that they require adequate ventilation so as not to overheat.

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Do you have to clean the panels after installation?

Under normal circumstance you would not have to clean your solar panels but depending on where you live you may have to. If there is a high amount of dust being blown about from earth works next door for example it pays to keep an eye on output levels and give them a hose down if the rain is few and far between.

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Is it easy to expand an existing system?

It is very easy to expand a solar PV system providing the inverter you have on the existing system has allowance for additional panels.

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Can I take the system with me when I move house?

Yes, you can relocate solar PV arrays, the cable runs/lengths will be custom to each house so the cable may not be able to be re-used. The mounting rails, panels and inverters are easily relocated.

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Is my house suitable for a solar PV array?

A north-facing roof is preferable but a north-west or north-east facing roof is also ideal for a solar PV array. The main thing to take into consideration is if there will be hard shading on any part of the roof where your PV array will be positioned. Shading can be cancelled by using micro inverter technology or even better, getting rid of the shading permanently e.g. felling trees or shortening chimneys.

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Do I require a building permit to install a solar PV array on my house?

For the installation of solar PV arrays you do not need a building permit although there are certain guidelines installers must adhere to which relate to loading and wind zones.

On the other hand solar hot water systems do need a building permit as they create loading issues that go with the weight of the actual systems.

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What direction should my solar panels face?

To set up and get the most out of a solar PV array in the southern hemisphere the array should be facing as close to due north as possible as this is where the array will receive the most daylight hours.

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What is the difference between solar hot water and PV solar electricity?

Solar hot water systems use the sun's energy to directly heat the hot water for your house's consumption where solar PV electricity uses the sun's energy to create electricity for your household to use be it on lighting, water heating or general power!

What are solar panels?


A solar panel (solar module, photovoltaic module or photovoltaic panel) is an assembly of solar cells or photovoltaic cells that turn light into electricity. We generally fit multiple solar panels together to generate the required amount of energy for a residential or commercial application.

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How much does a solar panel cost?

Over the last 2 years solar PV panels have dropped in price close to 70% from near $4.00 per watt to $0.60c per watt.This has made them a lot more affordable. SolarCraft however do not sell pannls individually but as a system installed starting from as low as $6,400.00 for a 1.25kW standard install.

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