Homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills and do their part for the environment are increasingly turning to solar power.
Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, but they can be a significant investment.
This guide will walk you through the process of installing solar panels, from initial planning to final installation.
Planning a Home Solar Electric System
The first step is to find out if your home is a good candidate for solar panels. To do this, you’ll need to know the direction your roof faces and the pitch, or angle, of your roof. You’ll also need to measure the amount of space available on your roof.
Once you’ve determined that your home is a good candidate for solar panels, you’ll need to calculate the size of the system you’ll need to install. The system size you’ll need will depend on your energy usage and the amount of sunlight your home receives.
After you’ve calculated the size of the system you need, you’ll need to select the type of solar panels you want to install. There are two main types of solar panels: monocrystalline and polycrystalline.
Monocrystalline panels are more efficient, but they’re also more expensive. Polycrystalline panels are less efficient, but they’re less expensive.
Once you’ve selected the type of solar panels you want to install, you’ll need to purchase the panels and have them installed on your roof. It’s best to look for a local installer that knows the weather and the best set-up situation for your area.
Parts of a PV System
A photovoltaic solar power system consists of a solar panel, an inverter, batteries, and a charge controller. The solar panel converts sunlight into electrical energy, which is then stored in the batteries.
The inverter converts the DC electricity from the batteries into AC electricity, which can be used to power household appliances. The charge controller regulates the flow of electricity from the solar panel to the batteries to prevent overcharging.
Installation Process Steps
- The first step is to determine the placement of the solar panel array. A qualified solar installer typically does this.
- Once the placement is determined, the next step is to install the mounting brackets for the panels.
- The panels are then mounted on the brackets and secured in place.
- The final step is to connect the panels to the electrical system. A qualified electrician typically does this.
How Long It Takes To Go Live
It usually takes around two weeks for a solar panel system to go live. This is because the panels need to be installed and connected to the electrical grid.
Once the panels are connected, the utility company will need to inspect the system to ensure it is safe. Then the customer will need to wait another week or so for the system to be approved and marked as live.
After the live period (usually another two weeks), the panels will produce energy, and savings will start to add up. Then the account will begin to debit for any point that is used.
The time it takes to go live depends on the size of the system and whether the homeowner wants a grid-tie or off-grid system.