You might be interested in how solar panels are installed if you are considering a residential solar system. Standardized equipment developed in the last few years has made the installation faster and safer, and the panels last longer. Here are the basics of home installation.
Your Roof is Assessed
Before anything as involved as solar panel installation goes forward, your roof must be inspected. The pitch, age, and condition of your roof will be critical factors in the installation. Old shingles may need to be replaced first, any leaks must be corrected, and so forth.
Solar panels are not a substitute for a good roof. Furthermore, if you don’t deal with these issues before you install your new solar array, you will have the additional costs of removing and reinstalling solar panels when you have the needed work done later on.
Panel Hardware is Mounted
The type of hardware used to hold your panels in place will depend upon the type of roof you have. Panels can be mounted flush to the roof if it is appropriately angled, or they can be placed on stands. The goal is to position the panels in the best place to catch the maximum amount of sunlight every day possible.
Some systems involved quick mounting tracks, making installation speedy after the hardware is in place. Others require a bit more fidgeting, but the goal is always the same; a solid installation that can withstand all weather conditions.
Panels are Placed
With the hardware in place, it is time to mount the panels. Panels are placed upon the appropriate mount points. At this point the panels are connected to their inverter which converts the power produced in the cells to something you can use in your home. If you chose to include batteries in your system, they are connected as well and the control panel is programmed.
As you can see, the process isn’t particularly difficult on the surface, but knowing how to do the whole job properly does take training. Once your solar panels are installed and functional, you can expect to see a significant savings in your monthly utility bill.