Solar panels can be used to either supplement energy demands for a house, or power it in its entirety if installed with a battery system — however, there are many factors that determine how efficient a home can be electrified by solar energy. Solar power is an efficient form of sustainable energy that can come in many shapes and sizes. From the Tesla’s roof tile to large-scale solar installations, photovoltaic (PV) panels are versatile enough to power your home as well as an entire energy grid.
Scale is an important factor to consider when considering installing solar panels. The size of your home will determine how many panels may be needed to power it, for example, a traditional 140m2 house (1,500 sq ft) could require up to 16 panels. Other variables such as geographical location, solar exposure, roof space, house orientation and shade all affect the efficiency of solar panels – if you are interested in learning more about your home’s solar capabilities, we recommend contacting your local council for guidance.
Tesla’s new solar house tiles can provide your entire home with energy, with next generation batteries able to render a home entirely independent of the electrical grid. As the world transitions away from fossil fuels and towards a sustainable future, renewable energy will become easier to source. Solar panels and battery systems already provide a taste of the future and can help you not only produce less carbon emissions, but reduce your electricity bill as well.