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How to Install Solar Panels

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Today, more and more people are taking into consideration replacing their old source of electrical energy with a solar energy. Solar energy is less expensive and is environmentally friendly.

To obtain energy from the sun, photovoltaic panels have to be installed in the roof in a certain way that it converts the sunís radiation to electrical energy. The energy is then channeled to a different tool or appliance or stored in battery for future use.

Below are tips when installing solar panels in your home:

  1. Attach the panel mounts into the roof.

  2. Drill the mounts into the rafters using pilot bit and stud finder. It is better to have a laser sigh to make sure that the mounts are straight.

  3. Make sure to secure the mounts into the roof with the use of a stainless lag bolt. The metal flashings should be replaced over the mounts.

  4. Use 3/8 stainless steel bolts to secure the metal rails to provide as foundation to the hard-wired panels.

  5. Use a reflective coating on the roof and connect the solar panels to the converter.

  6. Solar panels should be placed in an area that gets full sun exposure in most hours of the day, especially on the south side. You could also opt to set up the solar panels on the east or west.

  7. Solar panels should be tilted in a way where it can get sufficient heat of the sun. The degree of the tilt of the panels depends on the latitude, which they are installed. Panels installed from 9 to 15 degrees latitude should be tilted to 15 degrees. Panels installed from 15 to 25 degrees should be tilted the same as the latitude.

  8. Make certain that the completed rack system allows the solar panels at least from three to six inches off the roof to function more effectively when there is ample airflow is around and under them.

  9. Use a restraining hardware to secure the solar panels into the racking system. The hardware comes with the solar panels when you purchase. Manufacturers have their own hardware, which is especially designed for their own sets of panels.

  10. Make it a point to test the panels to determine if they are anchored securely. Make sure that the racking systems and solar panels are properly grounded in accordance to the local electrical codes in your area.

Secure all the needed permits before you install solar panels in your home. Find out from your local zoning and building department of the requirements in your area. If you fail to secure the permits before installing or was not able to accomplish the installation in accordance to the local building codes, you may be obligated to remove your work and begin again.

Solar panel installation is a valuable do-it-yourself project, depending n how well you work with your hands. Furthermore, using solar panels in your home helps you save a lot of money.

Consider installing solar panels in your home today, enjoy a considerable reduction in your electricity bills, and help protect nature.
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