High electricity, oil and gas costs are currently causing headaches for many people. Because how can you save money here? The first discounters have recognized the problem and are now offering solar systems for the balcony. But what do these small power plants bring and what do interested parties have to watch out for?

Because the electricity and energy prices are rising, the demand for solar systems is increasing sharply. Even discounters now offer smaller solar systems for the terrace or balcony. Because the supply increases, the prices also decrease. Compared to the previous year, consumers can save up to 40 percent on the list prices.

Brand discounter Netto, for example, has included several offers in its range. The Lidl sister company Kaufland also has corresponding products on offer. A press spokeswoman for Aldi Süd confirmed to other media that the company was “dealing with” the issue and was observing the market. According to exclusive information from FOCUS online, corresponding offers will be offered in the online shop in the spring.

At Netto there are already the mini solar systems, such as the Rizen solar panel with two modules (410 W each) for 499.99 euros from the Juskys own brand. According to consumer advice centers, a standard module with a peak output of 350 to 360 watts is sufficient for personal use.

Since January 27, 2023, Netto has been offering its compact balcony power plant with two solar modules (750 W) and accessories at a reduced price of 729.99 euros. So far, the system had cost 899 euros in the discounter’s online shop and was often sold out. The RRP is even 1,199 euros. You can save even more with our exclusive voucher. With the code N-BAUMARKT-5 you will receive an additional five percent discount on the product.

In return, you get two monocrystalline solar modules that, according to Netto, produce electricity efficiently even in partial shading. You can easily make the connection yourself. But: Netto points out that qualified electricians must be involved for all electrical work on the house network. Advisable if your fuse is already running at the limit and the power line could be overloaded with the additional 600 watts. Here you have to install a smaller fuse (or have it installed).

The premium 820W/600W balcony power station from Veska is also available from Netto at a low price of 674.99 euros and can be plugged in

If you live in a rented apartment, you should speak to the owners in advance. In many cases, the property management must also give the green light. Especially when the module impairs the appearance of the facade or the residential building is a listed building. You also need a suitable assembly and installation system. Finally, you must also be able to attach the solar system.

It is also important that you register the solar system with the Federal Network Agency and your network provider. Also pay attention to the socket. Discounter offers offer modules with a classic protective contact plug. However, the Association of Electrical Engineering, municipal and municipal utilities and other energy suppliers require a Wieland socket. An electrician must install this.

Compared to the normal Schuko socket, the Wieland plug is made of a more robust material that is better protected against electricity. In addition, the pins of the Wieland connector are not fully accessible, which reduces the risk of arcing and overheating.

The net offers include connection cables and inverters. However, this is rather the exception. Interested parties often have to pay extra for accessories. Installation usually takes about 30 minutes.

If sockets have to be exchanged or other work needs to be done on the power supply, you should definitely hire a specialist company to do it. These charge between 100 and 200 euros for simple assembly – excluding accessories.

Important: The solar systems are usually delivered by a freight forwarder. In many places, the parcels are then left on the curb. Most solar modules weigh around 20 kilograms, this can vary depending on the model.