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A Solar Panel Installations Cheat Sheet

Jessica PirroJuly 14, 20208330

A Solar Panel Installations Cheat Sheet

There’s a lot of information to sift through when you’re looking into getting a solar panel installation. There’s a lot of information that you should know when it comes to installing rooftop solar panels. Here we will give you a solar panel installation cheat sheet.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are made up of silicon solar cells, a metal frame, a glass casing, and various wiring that is going to allow a current to flow from the silicon solar cells. The way the solar cells work is they absorb the sun’s solar energy. When the sun’s rays interact with the solar cells, the electrons begin moving, which creates a flow of electrical current. The wires will then capture and then feed the direct current into a solar inverter to convert it to alternating current electricity, which is the form of electricity that your home runs on.

Can I Do The Solar Panel Installation Myself?

Is it possible for you to do the solar panel installation yourself? Yes. Should you install the solar power system yourself? No. A solar installer is going to be the best option you have for your solar panel installation. If you do the solar panel installation yourself, you run the risk of voiding the warranty of the solar panels if you damage them. The solar installer will be responsible for any damages done to the solar panels, and if you experience any trouble with the solar panel installation you can contact your solar installer and they can help you figure out the issue.

How Will Solar Panels Affect The Resale Value of My House?

Buying a new solar power system is going to likely increase the value of your home. There is evidence that homes that have solar panels are going to sell faster, than the homes without them, especially homes in California.   

Solar Rebates, Tax Credits, and Tax Exemptions

If you are interested in getting a solar panel installation, you are going to want to do whatever is possible to save some money. With solar rebates, tax credits, and tax exemptions you can do just that. When you purchase solar panels you will more than likely be eligible for multiple cost-reductive solar incentives. These can help cover the cost of getting a new solar power system and improve your solar panels ROI making the payback time very attractive to homeowners. The specs of the solar incentives are going to vary, depending on the location of your home and the energy provider that you use.

How Important is a Solar Installer?

A vital aspect of getting a solar panel installation is going to be finding a solar installer that you want to work with. If you know anyone that has a solar panel installation, ask them which solar installer they used. When it comes to solar installers, a customer reference is going to be vital! Once you find a solar installer, they are going to come out and evaluate your property, they are going to recommend solar panels, you should do your research on their recommendations.

Each home is going to have a different layout, roof pitch and orientation to the sun; trees and other obstructions that are near the roof; and the different kinds of roofing materials (all of these factors are going to make the solar panel installation unique and affect the price). if you find a reputable solar installer, they will send a representative to evaluate your home in person and build a custom design especially for you.

Home Much of My Home Can I Power with Solar Power?

You can power 100% of your home with solar power. With a solar power system, you can offset all of the solar energy that you use. It isn’t realistic to expect that the level of the production of solar panels every day of the week. It is recommended that homeowners factor in 25 percent cushion when calculating their target for solar panel offset. The main reason, solar panels can’t operate at maximum efficiency all of the time. There are going to be certain days when a grid (or battery) connection is going to be necessary to fully cover your solar power usage. The beauty of net-metering is going to be fully cover how much power you use. But, the beauty of net-metering is that you can benefit from generating a surplus of solar power on certain days, and never paying anything to your utility will still rely on the grid for backup storage.

How Does Home Solar Tie to the Grid?

Most home solar power systems are going to be connected to the grid, and net-metering will serve as an efficient solution to the question “how will my solar power system give me power at night?”

If you have an off-grid solar panel installation, you are not going to have access to electricity from your utility. This means that if you want to completely off the grid, you will need to install a large solar power storage system, an extra-large solar power system, and provisions for back up solar power to cover your solar energy needs when your solar panels aren’t getting enough sun.

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