Solar panels are becoming more popular in residential homes throughout the United States and around the world. For many people, solar energy is the answer to our dependence on foreign energy sources like oil and coal, and it is also the answer to saving money on their electricity bills each month. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how to start a solar installation. There are many things that need to occur before your solar panel system can even start producing electricity, and many of them are behind the scenes, but this article will show you exactly what to expect from your solar installation before you sign your dotted line.
The first step to starting your solar installation is going to be deciding whether you’re going to purchase your solar panels or build them yourself. The decision is entirely up to you, but it’s important to take the time to consider whether building your own solar panels is going to be better for you. If building your own solar panels is going to be too complicated, then you might as well skip the solar installation part all together. The two main options here are purchasing panels and building them or buying pre-made panels from a dealer and installing them yourself. It’s totally up to you, but the time you spend researching both options will pay off in the long run by lowering your electricity rates.
The second step to starting your solar panel installation is going to be determining where you’re going to install your solar panels. If you’re going to install solar panels on the roof of your house then you’ll have a bit more control over how your solar system works. Some people might prefer a more open design, where there is less privacy for people on the roof and more of an open style floor plan with exposed wiring and duct work. On the other hand, some homeowners are okay with the roof being covered and feel that they don’t need all of the exposure to the elements. Whatever the case, the best advice is to get a professional roofer to look at your roof and give you an estimate.