From long time you have been bearing the fruits of solar panel system installed at your home. You never bothered about the electricity bills as solar had your back, you were even earning handsome credit due to high feed-in tariff but now things have changed.
Your electricity bills have sky-rocketed.
There could be number of reasons behind increased bills:
- Change in energy consumption habits:by adding new appliances, or increased energy consumption during evening/night time when solar panels cannot generate power.
- Changes in Weather Conditions: If the weather has been particularly cloudy or rainy, it could cause the solar panel system to produce less energy than usual, leading to a higher reliance on electricity from the grid.
- Rate Increases: Electricity providers may have increased their electricity rates, which can affect bills..
- Reduced feed-in tariff rate: electricity retailer reduces feed-in tariff rate, hence earnings from selling to the grid is not much beneficial.
If nothing is amiss with the system, there are numerous ways available to tackle rising bills.
- Adding More Solar Panels – More solar panels can be added to the existing inverter, if sufficient space is available on your roof. It increases the amount of energy produced.a solar inverter can be connected to a system of panels that exceeds the inverter’s rated peak power up to 133% – for example, 6.6kw array of panels can be connected to a 5kw inverter without a problem.
- Replacing With Bigger System – Another alternative is to replace the whole system with a bigger and more efficient systems which will increase the energy production.
- Upgrading to more efficient solar panels: if the existing solar panels are too old then switching to a new solar panels model plus new inverter with advanced technology would increase the efficiency tremendously especially if roof top space is limited, but if sufficient space is available then new panels can be attached to the old system, both the systems will work concomitantly producing more energy.
- Installing microinverters: microinverters are small inverters that are installed on each individual solar panel, rather than one central inverter for the entire system. This can help increase the overall efficiency of the system by allowing each panel to operate independently.
Upgrading a solar panel system can help improve its performance, increase energy production, and save money on energy bills.