Solar panels for a new house: what you should know
Would you like solar panels for a new house? This is what you should know:
1. The new house must have a consumption history
In Costa Rica, the vast majority of electricity distributors request a 6-month consumption history to install solar panels and connect them to the grid. Therefore, if you are building a new house, you cannot enjoy it from day 1 with solar energy though you have to wait to have that history. However, you along with the solar panel company of your choice, can take previous steps. For example, design the photovoltaic system based on the family’s energy consumption, so that when the time comes, part of the work has been done 😉.
2. The electric bill must be above 50,000 colones per month
It is important to know that the higher the energy consumption, the quicker is the return of investment of your system. This way, you will save money faster and become free as soon as posible. What is your priority: to save money in your electric bill and have a healthy ROI? Or to install an on-grid system to have clean energy and help the environment? The answer to that question will define if your monthly electric consumption is enough to take the step.
3. Have everything ready to install solar panels in the future
If you want to save time and don’t want your new house to lose its design with exposed pipes, then we recommend to take into consideration the following:
a) Leave a planned internal pipe that goes from the electric ⚡️ room to the roof. This way the photovoltaic cables will not be exposed.
b) Leave a planned internal pipe that goes from the electric room to the area where the electric company meter will be ⏲.
c) Leave a planned space next to the electric meter for the second meter that you will need when installing the system 🔌. This is important specially if you want the front of your house to look good and everything matches.
You’re all set to install solar panels for a new house and start walking the freedom path!
Here are examples of the sizes of pipes you need, depending on the system to be installed: