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The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and with thousands of new customers each and every year, many have found a lack of help when it comes to solar installations. From those who are securing and installing the solar hardware, to homeowners who are looking for tips and tricks, finding accurate information can be a challenge. This is why we have brought together 11 tips to help with solar installation for homeowners and home installers!

1) Prepare your Roof for the Installation

Solar panel arrays are designed to last, and if you are thinking about solar installation, make sure your roof is up to the challenge. For instance, the general rule of thumb if a roof has less than 10 years left in its life should be replaced before installing solar panels!

2) Have a Professional Handle the Permit Package

From HOA rules to local and state/provincial by-laws, the legal jargon and rules are tough to handle as an individual. If you are looking at solar installation, make sure to employ a professional to draft and submit your plan to the city or state/provincial authorities to avoid costly delays or rejections.

3) Divide-by-Four Rule

How many panels do I need? It might seem like a simple question, but the answer might surprise you. The simple math is to take your highest kilowatt usage and divide it by four. This will help eliminate wasted energy, and ensure your home is covered throughout the day and night.

4) Check for Damage to your Panels

Solar panels are an expensive investment, but things happen during shipping, and you need to check for any damage that might have occurred. Check the panels themselves, the wiring and components, as well as, the batteries. If you do find any issues, make sure to chat with the supplier and get things replaced before installation begins.

5) Face the Equator

The general rule within the industry is when installing solar panels have them facing the equator. Naturally, you might have to adjust due to natural or manmade obstacles, but this general rule will help ensure your panels are receiving sun throughout the peak hours of the day.

6) Microinverters will Help your Shade Issues

If you live in a naturally or artificially shaded area, microinverters might be the tool to help if your panels are shaded during peak hours. These handy little devices will ensure your power output is not dampened throughout the entire system during non-peak hours.

7) Ensure to Secure the Standoff Legs on Roofs

When dealing with solar panels, the wind is your enemy. To help fight off major damage during high winds, ensure that standoff legs are drilled with lag bolts through the center of support beams every four feet.

8) Dig Down to Secure Standoff Legs on the Ground

Likewise, if you are installing your panels on the ground, wind damage is a real threat. During installation, make sure to dig a large hole at least 10 feet deep and 4 feet wide to bury and secure the standoff legs into the Earth.

9) Use High-Quality Materials

Investing in solar energy is something that is not to be done on the cheap. Make sure to utilise high-quality materials, fasteners and sealants to help secure your investment for years to come.

10) Safety First!

When working with solar technology, remember you are dealing with live electric power. Make sure to wear insulated gloves and boots, as well as, avoid any conductive items such as watches or jewellery. Finally, before you connect the system to the main grid, make sure to have a licensed electrician check your work!

11) Be Prepared for Annual Inspections and Maintenance Costs

When working with solar technology, remember you are dealing with live electric power. Make sure to wear insulated gloves and boots, as well as, avoid any conductive items such as watches or jewellery. Finally, before you connect the system to the main grid, make sure to have a licensed electrician check your work!

Article Disclaimer: Solar system design, installation and maintenance work is highly technical, complex and potentially dangerous work. The points in this article are only meant to provide a general overview and familiarization of the subject matter and should not be relied upon as a technical guide to carry out actual work.

 

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