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2 Commonly Asked Questions About Installing An Independent Solar Energy System In A Rural Residential Property

by Edward Robertson

Leaving the stress, noise and crowded streets of city life behind to begin a new life in the country is a dream that many Australians have. The solitude, wide open spaces and the benefits of small community life are attractive features of country life and the opportunity to own a large parcel of private land to build a home on is another.

If you are one of these dreamers and you've finally found your perfect little patch of soil in a rural location, it may have been an unpleasant surprise to discover that your land doesn't have access to mains electricity. It may have been an even more unpleasant surprise to find out the hefty charges involved in having an electricity supply added to the site.

For this reason, many people in this situation choose to create their own electricity supply by installing a solar energy system. Here are two commonly asked questions about installing an independent solar energy system in a rural, residential property.

1. Won't it be more expensive than connecting mains power?

The cost of installing a solar energy system in comparison to connecting mains electricity is dependent on two factors. One is the size, model and energy production capacity of the solar panels. The other is how much the mains connection will cost, which varies widely between different regions and the extent of the work required to connect the supply.

It's important to remember that the initial outlay of a solar energy system can't really be adequately compared to mains connection when you look at the big picture. Even if the purchase price of the solar system is significantly more than mains connection, it will recoup the outlay over the coming years by eradicating your electricity bill. The mains supply may seem like the cheaper option but the monthly bills will soon negate any savings.

2. Do I need a storage battery?

Storage batteries are an optional extra for a solar system that not everyone chooses to invest in. However, if you're relying on your solar energy as your only source of electricity, then it's a wise investment. This is particularly true if you live in a part of the country with short winter days or frequent cloud cover. It's also important if you work out of the home and the bulk of your energy needs are during nighttime hours.

Modern solar batteries are streamlined and unobtrusive and don't require a great deal of space to be housed in. Advances in technology have made them more powerful and increased their storage capabilities while concurrently, increased production by different manufacturers has seen prices continuing to drop.  

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