Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

by deborah on November 29, 2016 · 1 comment

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Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

Solar energy has gone mainstream.

The and the have gone up in recent years, but most

people still aren’t sure how to go about installing solar panels at home.

 

“There’s a lot of buzz about roof-top

solar panels throughout the

country, but the details and

regulations are complex.”

 

 

Here’s a comprehensive guide to going completely solar at home:

Roof strength

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

First of all you need to ensure the roof is strong enough to hold the solar panels you plan on installing.

The way your house is positioned is also pretty key.

If the roof is covered in shade throughout most of the day, you might not get enough of sunshine to

power the house.

This will certainly impact the cost-effectiveness of the project.

Before you get started plan the solar panel layout and make sure the roof is built to last.

The panels usually come with a 20 to 25 year warranty, so your roof needs to be strong enough for

at least that long.

If not, look into instead.

Efficiency

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

Before you even set up a plan for the roof, you need to have an energy audit done to figure out

how much energy your house consumes.

Perhaps there are ways to cut down energy use before you go about using the juice from the sun.

Ask an expert to suggest some simple ways to boost energy efficiency at home and calculate

the returns of this investment.

Type of solar

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

There are basically two types of solar energy – thermal and photovoltaic.

Usually, thermal is a much better option if you plan on using solar energy mainly for heating.

But if your heating needs are low, photovoltaic is better for overall electricity generation.

Connect to the grid

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

The details on how to connect to the power grid (via a network of that feed to local

substations and beyond) depend on where you live.

You’ll need to find out how long it takes to get hooked up and the fees you need to pay.

Some states, like , have policies in place to compensate homeowners who produce

extra-solar power to feed into the grid.

 

“Make sure you do your research

and follow these simple steps

before you get started

on your house.”

 

Finding the best installer

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

The ) has a registry of

accredited solar installers.

Pick an installer with great credentials and references for your project.

It’s hard to predict what goes wrong in a massive installation, so it’s best to be precautious.

If the panels stop working during the warranty period you don’t want to find out your installer

is no longer able to help.

Want Solar Power Panels? Here’s What You Need To Know

There’s a lot of buzz about roof-top solar panels throughout the country, but the details and

regulations are complex.

Make sure you do your research and follow these simple steps before you get started on your house.

 

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