I. Introduction


You’ve probably seen those shiny solar panels on rooftops, right? They’re everywhere now, helping people save money and be kinder to our planet. But what if you don’t have a lot of roof space or you want to try something a bit different? That’s where wall-mounted solar panels come into the picture. Imagine turning the side of a building or even your home’s wall into a power-generating surface! It’s like hanging art, but this art gives you energy and helps the environment. In this guide, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about these cool wall buddies and why they might just be the next big thing in green energy.

Wall-Mounted Solar Panels

II. Why Wall-Mounted?


Let’s start with a basic question: Why would someone want to stick solar panels on a wall instead of just placing them on the roof like everyone else? Well, there are a few good reasons!

  1. Saving Space: Not everyone has a big, open roof. Maybe it’s already packed with stuff or shaped in a way that doesn’t fit regular solar panels. Walls, on the other hand, can offer a fresh, free space to catch some sun rays.
  2. Looks Pretty Cool: We all care about how our homes or buildings look, right? Wall-mounted solar panels can be a stylish addition, making a place look modern and eco-friendly at the same time.
  3. No Roof? No Problem! In some places, the roof just isn’t an option. Maybe it’s too weak to hold panels, or there’s too much shade. Walls can be a great alternative, especially if they get a good dose of sunlight.

So, in a nutshell, wall-mounted solar panels are like the Swiss army knife of green energy. They’re flexible, look good, and can fit in spots where roof panels might not.

III. Advantages of Wall-Mounted Solar Panels


When we talk about wall-mounted solar panels, it’s not just about making things look fancy. There are some real perks to sticking these panels on your wall:

  1. Sun’s Out, Panels Out: Depending on where your building is, the wall might catch more sun than the roof, especially during early morning or late afternoon. More sunlight means more energy for you.
  2. Customise Your Look: With wall panels, you can play around with the design a bit. Want them to run vertically? Or maybe in a cool pattern? It’s like decorating but with a purpose!
  3. Give Your Roof a Break: Roofs have to deal with rain, snow, and all sorts of stuff. By using the wall, you spread out the weight, which might be easier on your building in the long run.
  4. Stay Cool: Believe it or not, these panels can act like shades. When they block the direct sunlight, they can keep your walls cooler, which can help during those super hot days.
  5. More Space, More Energy: If your roof is already packed or doesn’t have the right angle for sunlight, the walls can be a bonus space. It’s like having an extra pocket you didn’t know about!

In short, wall-mounted solar panels aren’t just a backup plan. They’re a smart choice that can offer more design freedom, possibly more energy, and some extra benefits for your building.

IV. Challenges and Considerations


Okay, so wall-mounted solar panels sound pretty awesome, but just like anything else, there are some things to think about before you jump in:

  1. Sun Check: Walls don’t always get as much sun as roofs, especially if other buildings or trees are in the way. It’s important to check if your wall gets enough sunlight during the day.
  2. Cleaning Time: Because they’re vertical, these panels might collect more dust and dirt. This means you might have to clean them a bit more often to keep them working at their best.
  3. Local Friends (Birds & Bugs): Walls can be popular spots for birds to nest or bugs to hang out. You’d want to keep an eye on your panels to make sure they’re not becoming a new home for critters.
  4. Getting the Right Fit: Not all solar panels are made for walls. It’s important to choose ones specifically designed for wall mounting, so they’re safe and effective.
  5. Talk to the Pros: Before sticking anything on your wall, it’s a good idea to chat with our experts. They can help you figure out if your wall is a good fit and guide you through the process. Follow this link to get started.

Remember, every building and location is unique. Just because your neighbour has wall panels doesn’t mean they’re the perfect fit for you. Take your time, do some homework, and think about what’s best for your place.

V. Choosing the Right Solar Panels for Wall Mounting


Picking solar panels for your wall isn’t just like picking a new paint colour. It’s a bit more involved, but don’t worry! Here’s a simple guide to help:

  1. Size Matters: Look at your wall and think about how much space you have. You want panels that fit well, without looking too crowded or too tiny.
  2. Strength and Safety: Not all solar panels are built the same. You’ll want panels that are tough enough to handle wind, rain, and anything else Mother Nature might throw their way.
  3. The angle of the Dangle: The sun moves, so think about which direction your wall faces. Some panels are designed to capture sunlight best from certain angles. Our pros can help you figure this out.
  4. Efficiency is Key: Some solar panels are like super workers, getting more energy from the sun than others. Check out how efficient a panel is before buying. It can save you money in the long run.
  5. Looks Count Too: Okay, it’s not all about looks, but if you’re sticking these on your wall, you probably want them to look nice. See if there are options in colours or designs that match your building’s style.
  6. Ask Around: Talk to folks who’ve done this before. Read reviews, ask questions, and maybe even visit a place that has wall-mounted panels. Seeing them in action can help you decide.

Picking the right panels is a mix of what works best and what looks best. Take your time, ask lots of questions, and make sure you’re happy with your choice.

VI. Installation Process


Installing wall-mounted solar panels is something our partners are trained for and take great pride in. The process is intricate, but with their expertise, it becomes a streamlined operation. Here’s how our professionals approach it:

  1. Site Evaluation: Before they even think of mounting, they conduct a thorough assessment of the desired location. This ensures optimal sun exposure and identifies any potential obstacles or hazards.
  2. Gathering Premium Tools and Equipment: Over the years, they have identified the best tools for the job. They come equipped with everything necessary, from top-notch brackets to specialised tools that ensure a smooth installation.
  3. Safety Protocols: They never compromise on safety. Every installer on our team adheres to strict safety guidelines, using harnesses, helmets, and other protective gear to ensure a risk-free environment.
  4. Securing the Brackets: The foundation of a great install lies in the brackets. They meticulously anchor them to the wall, ensuring they can withstand both the weight of the panels and external forces like wind.
  5. Mounting with Precision: Every panel is positioned and secured with the utmost care, ensuring alignment and connectivity. They handle each panel with expertise to avoid any damage or inefficiencies.
  6. Wiring and Integration: Our partners are trained in connecting your panels to your existing electrical infrastructure seamlessly. They ensure all connections are secure and energy transfer is optimal.
  7. Quality Assurance: Once everything’s in place, they will run comprehensive tests to ensure every panel is functioning at peak performance. Their job isn’t done until you’re drawing clean, green power from the sun.

Remember, with a professional installation, you’re not just getting panels on a wall; you’re getting the assurance of top-tier workmanship and performance. Rest assured all our solar panels installers are MCS-Accredited and strive for the highest standards. Read our guide about the MCS-Certification.

VII. Maintenance and Upkeep


Having solar panels on your wall is awesome, but just like anything else you own, they need a little love and care from time to time. Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you should know:

  1. Cleaning is Caring: Over time, panels can get dusty or dirty, which means they can’t catch as much sunlight. Every once in a while, give them a gentle clean with some water and a soft cloth. It’s like washing your car!
  2. Check for Shade: Trees grow, buildings go up, and things change. Make sure nothing’s casting a shadow on your panels, blocking that precious sunlight. If something’s in the way, you might need to trim a branch or make some adjustments.
  3. Look for Little Visitors: Birds, bugs, and other critters might think your panels are a great place to hang out. Every so often, take a look to make sure no nests or hives are forming.
  4. Stay Connected: Wires and connections can come loose, especially if there’s been strong wind or a big storm. A quick check now and then to make sure everything’s still plugged in can save you a lot of hassle.
  5. When in Doubt, Call a Pro: If you’re ever unsure about something, or if your panels don’t seem to be working as well as they used to, don’t be shy. Call up our solar professionals to take a look. They’ll know what to do.

Remember, the better you take care of your solar panels, the better they’ll take care of you. A little maintenance goes a long way in keeping everything sunny and bright!

VIII. Cost Implications


So, you’re thinking about getting solar panels for your wall. But how much is it going to cost? Let’s break it down in simple terms:

  1. Upfront Costs: First up, there’s the price of the panels themselves. Just like buying a new TV or fridge, there’s an initial cost. The bigger and fancier the panels, the more they might cost. But remember, sometimes spending a bit more upfront can mean better savings in the long run.
  2. Installation Fees: Unless you’re a DIY expert (and even if you are), you’ll probably want professionals to put up your panels. This comes with a fee. It’s like paying someone to fix a leaky roof or paint your house. If you’re looking to export back to the grid you must use an MCS-Accredited installer to be able to apply for an export tariff. Lucky for you we only work with MCS-Accredited installers.
  3. Running Costs: Good news! Once your panels are up, they start making energy from the sun, which is free! But, there might be some small costs now and then, like cleaning or replacing a wire.
  4. Saving on Bills: Here’s where it gets exciting. With solar panels, you can start saving money on your electricity bills. Over time, what you save can add up and might even pay off the initial costs of the panels.
  5. Possible Extras: Depending on where you live, there might be other costs or savings. Some places offer tax breaks or incentives for going solar. Others might have fees or regulations. It’s a good idea to check with local experts or authorities.
  6. Thinking Long-Term: While there are costs at the start, think of solar panels as an investment. Over the years, the savings can add up. It’s like planting a tree now and enjoying its shade for years to come.

Money matters can be confusing, but when it comes to solar panels, think of it this way: You’re not just buying equipment; you’re investing in a brighter, greener future.

IX. Environmental and Aesthetic Benefits


Solar panels aren’t just about saving money on bills; they’re also about doing good for the planet and making your place look cooler. Let’s dive into the awesome benefits:

  1. Saving the Earth, One Panel at a Time: By using solar panels, you’re cutting down on the need for energy from polluting sources. This means less smoke, less carbon, and a happier Earth. Imagine your panels like a team of superheroes, fighting against pollution every day.
  2. Noise? What Noise?: Unlike some other ways of getting energy, solar panels are super quiet. No noisy engines or humming machinery. It’s peaceful energy at its best.
  3. Cool Factor: Let’s be honest, solar panels have a modern and futuristic look. Having them on your wall can give your home or building a sleek touch. It’s like adding a stylish accessory to an outfit but for your building.
  4. Shade and Protection: When mounted on a wall, solar panels can provide some shade. This can help keep the place cooler and even protect the wall from weather damage. Think of them as big, energy-making umbrellas.
  5. Green Bragging Rights: There’s something cool about knowing you’re helping the planet. With solar panels, you can proudly say you’re part of the solution, not the problem. It might even inspire your neighbours to go green too!
  6. Nature’s Art: Catching the sun’s rays, reflecting the clouds, and shining in the daylight, wall-mounted solar panels can be a dynamic visual addition to your property. It’s like having an ever-changing piece of art.

In a nutshell, wall-mounted solar panels are a win-win. You get to jazz up your place and do a solid for Mother Earth at the same time. What’s not to love?

X. Conclusion


Alright, let’s wrap this up. Wall-mounted solar panels? They’re more than just a cool gadget. They’re a way to bring a piece of the sun’s power right to your home or building. By putting them on your wall, you’re not just saving on electricity bills (which is pretty great on its own), but you’re also helping the planet. And come on, they do look pretty sleek and modern!

But like with all things, it’s good to do a bit of homework. Think about where they’ll go, how they’ll fit, and what benefits you want most. And if ever in doubt, our experts can help. If you are interested in a free quote click this link to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are wall-mounted solar panels?

They’re just like regular solar panels but designed to fit on the side of a building or wall, instead of the roof.

Why would I choose wall-mounted panels over roof-mounted?

Wall-mounted panels can be great if your roof isn’t suitable for solar, or if you want to use additional space to catch more sun. Plus, they can give your building a modern look.

Are they more expensive than roof-mounted panels?

The panel costs are often similar, but installation prices can vary based on the complexity. It’s best to get a quote tailored to your specific needs.

Do wall-mounted panels produce the same amount of energy as roof panels?

It depends on their orientation and how much sunlight they get. If they’re placed in a sunny spot, they can be just as effective as roof panels.

How do I maintain and clean my wall-mounted panels?

Just like any solar panel, they’ll need occasional cleaning to remove dust or dirt. Check them for obstructions or shade, and if you spot any issues, give a pro a call.

Do these panels affect the structural integrity of my wall?

Not if installed correctly. Professionals ensure the wall can handle the weight and that the panels are securely anchored.

Will wall-mounted panels increase the value of my property?

Often, yes! Solar installations can boost property value, especially as more people look for eco-friendly housing solutions.

Are there any environmental benefits?

Using solar panels reduces the need for energy from polluting sources, making your carbon footprint smaller.

Can I use wall panels in combination with roof panels?

Yes, you can. Many homeowners and businesses use both to maximize their solar energy production.

I love the look! But are there any design choices?

While the primary function is energy production, there are various styles and finishes available. Some of our providers offer different colours or designs to better match your building’s aesthetic.

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