Nearly 80 percent of Americans want our country to start using energy from more renewable sources to help save the environment. Solar panels, of course, fall into that category.
Perhaps you’re intrigued by solar panels and want to learn more about them. Namely, you want to know the process required to get them added to your home.
So, what are the steps of solar panel installation? Here’s our quick guide to the process.
1. Meet the Pro
You’ll start, of course, by finding a solar panel installation company or contractor who can put solar panels on your home. They’ll be able to design a system that works for you, calculate the project’s costs, and estimate solar savings on your utility bills, too.
On that note, you might be considering installing solar panels on your own. It isn’t advised for you to do so.
For one thing, it takes an expert to install the grid, as well as any brackets and mounts required to hold the panels. On top of that, a solar energy professional will know how to get the green light on your project from the local government. They’ll be able to help you get your system hooked up to the local grid, too — and that’s a process you probably don’t know how to navigate, either.
2. Build the Bones
Once you’ve landed on the right pro for the job and they’ve designed a system for you, they can create a timeline for your project. Most solar panel installation projects take a day or two, but the planning and paperwork will take a bit longer.
Installation begins with the installation of any brackets or mounts needed to hold your solar panels. In most cases, your solar panel installation company won’t be able to just adhere your panels directly to the roof. These ensure your panels are secure, and also that they’re angled toward the light to soak up the maximum amount of energy from the sun.
3. Place the Panels
With the brackets down, the solar panel pros can install the wiring that will connect to your solar panels. Then, they’ll secure the panels in place, connecting them to the wiring. They will also install a battery at this point, where energy will accumulate throughout the day to power your house around the clock.
They’ll also have to install an inverter. This device is what transforms the sun’s rays into usable household energy. While the battery is an optional feature for your solar panel system, the inverter is not.
Get Ready for Solar Panel Installation
There’s still a bit more to do after the physical solar panel installation. You’ll have to connect your system to the local grid and get the green light from city officials before you turn it on.
However, once you do, you’ll reap the many benefits of solar power. Your bills will be lower, and you’ll live in a household fueled by eco-friendly energy. What’s better than that?
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