So, what goes on when the time comes to actually install your solar energy system? Continue reading to find out…, but first, here is a cool two and a half minute video showing the installation process:
Is your home suitable for solar power?
The first thing your solar company will do is send an engineer to your home to evaluate whether your residence is suitable for solar power. Ideally, a south-facing roof would be the best (although you can certainly enjoy the array with less than perfect roof ), and the engineer will use a tool called a “Solar Pathfinder” which will work out how much sun your panels are likely to be able to capture. You will need to have a suitable roof in order to qualify for tax credits and rebates as well.
If you pass the roof test, then the solar panel installation company will sit down with you and assess how powerful you want your system to be, and how much you have available in finances. To make solar energy worthwhile, you'll probably want at least a 3.5kWh system, and maybe even up to 5kWh. If you have both the roof space and the funds (or a decent credit to finance your system), you can max out at 10kWh, as for most incentive schemes that is the maximum amount of solar power you can go for.
Getting the inverter sorted
The inverter is the device that collects the electricity generated by your panels and sends it to the grid. Solar panels generate direct current (DC), and the grid runs on alternating current (AC), so you need a device to convert one to the other, and that device is the inverter. Usually, your inverter is installed on your garage wall , or on your home wall and you will need the power to your home disconnecting while it is being installed.
Bear in mind that while your panels will typically be insured to last a minimum of 25 years, the inverter will not. Inverters only last for a decade or so, and when your inverter packs up, you will of course need to have it replaced.
The panels themselves
Mounting the panels is not a difficult job – all that is involved is the fixing of multiple frames to the roof, and then the fixing of the panels to the frames. If you have a flat roof, then installing the panels will take a little bit longer as they will need to be mounted at an angle.
The installation should only take one or two days, depending on the scope of the panels you have had installed. A 4kWh system will typically consist of eight panels, and installation can easily be achieved in one day. Once you get up over the 6kWh mark, the installation is likely to leak over into a second day.
Once all the checks have been made, your installation is complete! The panels themselves take minimal maintenance, although to maintain full efficiency, you will probably need to have them cleaned once a year. You can perform the cleaning yourself if you can safely access your roof, as long as you are careful not to damage the panels.
Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of an energy-efficient solar power system, and you are doing your own small bit to help reduce the damage mankind does to our planet's environment.
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