Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Production

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There are a number of excellent independent resources to assist you in selecting and installing a solar power (photovoltaic or PV) system:

Other considerations when installing solar power systems on common property include, but are not limited to:

  • any competing uses for unshaded northerly aspect roof space (the best for solar)
  • roof access and material
  • structural strength of the roof
  • fencing off solar panels on a flat ‘active’ roof top
  • size and location of panels and impact on residents
  • ensuring the integrity of any waterproof membranes is maintained or reinstated, particularly when mounting panels on flat roofs
  • weight, size and location of the inverter (converts DC power from the panels to AC power for connection to the electricity meter) being installed
  • cabling connecting panels to the inverter and the inverter to the meter will generally run through a conduit on a building’s external façade and/or through an internal service shaft. The type of conduit, route taken, method of affixing it, and the size of any holes in common property floors and walls and their impact on waterproofing need to be considered. The holes can also impact the integrity of fire safety separations between owners’ lots and the common property
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Fri 04/07/2014

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