I’ve just signed up for a 29.7kW grid connected solar system to be installed in August. We have a large north facing roof with almost no shade, and it really seemed like a shame to be wasting all that potential!
I got quotes from a lot of installers, and found a big variance in the level of knowledge that the various installers showed when they quoted for the system. I ended up getting quotes from 2 good Canberra based installers (Armada and Enviro-Friendly) and one national installer (Clear Solar). The Clear Solar quote was the one I went with because of the really good mounting system they were able to show me. The rails are mounted vertically up the roof face, and the mounting brackets are shaped to the contours of the colorbond roofing, giving a strong mounting system that allows for airflow on the back of the panels which should keep them a bit cooler (the efficiency of PV panels drops quite quickly if they get too hot). It should also stop leaves and other rubbish from building up behind the rails, which would tend to happen if the rails were mounted horizontally.
I’m getting a data logger and Paul Wilson from Clear has sent me the manual for the protocol to talk to the inverters, so I should be able to write some python code pretty quickly to analyze the performance of the system and watch for any degradation.
It will be fun to be producing more electricity than I use!