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What Is A Solar Panel Survey?

After you have purchased your solar panel system, it is time to book your survey. A solar panel survey is a necessary step in the installation process, as it ensures that the preliminary solar panel system design you have purchased is feasible for your property.

There are two different types of solar panel survey that you may receive:

  • External survey: This will occur remotely, typically involving aerial imagery. The lack of site visit means that this process is a lot quicker than the alternative.
  • Manual site survey: Alternatively, a contractor may wish to visit your property to see your roof for themselves.
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What Information Is Gathered During A Solar Panel Survey?

During a site visit, whether it is manually or externally completed, a large variety of information will be gathered regarding your property. However, all this data will prove that the preliminary solar panel system design can be made into reality. In order to achieve this, the contractor will gather the following information during the survey process:

  • Roof measurements, including roof pitch.
  • How much solar exposure your panels would receive by conducting shading analysis.
  • Evaluating your roof’s condition and whether there are any obstructions through a visual inspection.
  • Analysis of your electrical system to evaluate interconnection methods.
  • Gathering structural information including spacing and rafter size.
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What Is The Solar Panel Survey Process?

Now that you know what a solar panel survey is and why it needs to be conducted, we will talk you through the process of the survey. This is to provide you with a general understanding of the work being completed at your property in order to give you greater peace of mind. The 10 step process of a solar site survey is:

  • Gathering information about your property: The contractor will start to gather general information about your property. This could relate to basic data like your address, local utility provider, and any permit details that may be required.
  • Collecting aerial imagery of your home: Before the contractor will visit your property, if they deem a manual visit is required, they will collect either satellite or aerial imagery of your home. This will simply help the contractor determine any roof access points they may need to use, as well as any issues they may stumble upon.
  • The items the contractor will bring to your home: Once you have received a time and date of your solar panel survey, you should expect the contractor to bring the following items to your property. These objects include: a copy of your solar panel system contract and design, a variety of measurement tools, a camera or phone for picture purposes, a shade assessment tool, a laptop or tablet, a ladder, and the necessary personal protective equipment.
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  • Roof assessment: Whether you are receiving a manual or remote survey, the first step the contractor will take would be to assess the condition of your roof. Factors like how many layers of asphalt and the age of your current roofing materials will be taken into consideration.
  • Roof measurements: After the assessment has been completed, the contractor will then take precise measurements of your roof. This is to ensure that the preliminary design will fit as first thought.
  • Shade assessment: To ensure that your solar panels will receive the necessary amount of sun exposure in order to generate the required amount of electricity, your contractor will conduct a shade analysis assessment. This will typically be done using a Solmetric Sun Eye or Solar Pathfinder.
  • Photographs: As we have previously mentioned, the contractor will need to take a vast amount of photos in order to provide the engineers with an accurate picture of the area of where they will be installing the solar panels.
  • Evaluation of your electrical system: In order to determine how your solar panel system will be interconnected to your home’s electrical system, the contractor will need access to your home’s electrical system.
  • Structural analysis: This simply means that the contractor will need to assess whether your roof and property’s structure will be able to bear the load of the solar panel system.
  • Information upload: Upon the completion of the survey, the contractor will upload all of the previously mentioned information and allow other contractors and engineers to access the collected data.

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Solar Panel Survey FAQs

Some of the most common questions about solar panel surveys are answered for you here…

While booking a solar panel survey is fundamental to the installation process, this isn’t the only series of checks that you should complete over your solar panel system’s lifespan. In order to ensure your solar panels are working properly, you may want to conduct this series of checks:

  • Check your solar inverter: This piece of equipment is in charge of converting direct current (DC) produced by your solar panels into alternating current (AC) which can power your household appliances and devices. If your solar inverter suffers a failure, your panels will not work effectively.
  • Inspect your electric meter: The whole point of installing a solar panel system is to reduce or eliminate your reliance on the National Grid. Your electric meter will inform you how much energy you are using via the National Grid versus your solar panels. Meaning you can use your electric metre to ensure your solar panels are working effectively on sunny days, where you shouldn’t be utilising the National Grid at all.
  • Crunch the numbers: Solar panels will also help reduce your energy bills as you are not relying upon the National Grid. If you aren’t seeing a financial benefit, then there may be something wrong with your panels.
  • Have you been experiencing poor weather? You may see a reduction in the amount of electricity your solar panels produce if you have experienced a spell of poor weather as of late.
  • Check for obstructions: Another impact that could be negatively affecting your solar panels is if there are any obstructions blocking your solar panels from receiving the necessary amount of sunlight.
Due to the unique and difficult to reach location of solar panels, we advise that any surveys or inspections are conducted by an experienced, registered electrician. Solar panel systems are complex pieces of technology, and should be regularly inspected and tested by industry professionals like our team at ESE Solar.

One of the main benefits of solar panels is that they have low maintenance requirements. However, that does not mean you can leave them to fend for themselves. You should hire a professional to regularly clean your panels. This will ensure their efficiency levels by getting rid of any obstacles that could block sun exposure.

Additionally, you should also book annual inspections to ensure that your solar panels are working correctly and efficiently.

Typically, a solar panel system will have a predicted lifespan of 25 to 30 years. Before choosing your solar panel installer, you should shop around for the best warranty provider. This is because most reputable solar panel manufacturers will offer 25 years as standard.

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