The easiest way to reduce your electric bill is to tap into renewable energy – in this case, solar power. However, solar panel installation can be a bit frustrating and costly when poorly planned and executed.
Here are a couple of tips on preparation and installation to prevent your next solar upgrade from becoming a catastrophe for you and your family.
Basics of a Solar Panel System
Once you’ve made the decided to go green – either for self-sufficiency, financial reasons, or for the environment, here’s what you’ll need for solar panel installation:
- Solar panels
- Overcurrent protection
- Mounting brackets
- Junction boxes
- Grounding tools
Sadly, if you are looking for a quick weekend project, you’ll be disappointed as solar system installation is a relatively complex, time-consuming process. As such, it may be wise to hire professional assistance, particularly if you are dealing with voltages higher than 36 volts.
Before the Installation
Before considering a solar panel installation, first consider factors that go into the installation and the associated costs. According to statistics, the average home with moderate electricity use, a solar system will cost about $10 per watt of production.
DIY Vs. Professional Installation
The internet is awash with tons of DIY solar power videos. DIY alternatives are particularly attractive to those that love handling things themselves. If you are working on a small project with a low voltage, and are out to learn a new thing or two, then this alternative may be suitable.
On the other hand, if your solar panel installation project is large scale and involves higher voltages and numerous parts, it’s best to bring on a professional.