Solar Power Installation Guide for Every Homeowner

Clean energy is hopefully becoming a more and more permanent practice for homeowners around the world and not just some trend that would quickly go away in a year or so. Renewables offer more than just savings and a fancy way of lighting up your house… It’s packed with several good benefits that your family, community, and the entire Earth will be thankful for.

So for this article, we’ll be talking about how you can install solar power systems in your house to experience all the benefits of solar energy and to help you make the world a better place to live in.

To Panel or Not To Panel

Perhaps you’re unaware of this but solar power systems don’t really require any panels installed on your roof. This is actually good news for those who cannot afford a solar professional or those who’s not much of a handyman around the house.

If you’re someone with very little budget to spare for investing in renewable energy, you shouldn’t be paying a lot for this upgrade. Instead, you could actually opt to subscribe to a community solar company that can give you enough power to supplement your electricity needs at home.

Now you may be wondering, is community solar right for me? And my answer to that is a simple yes. Anyone who has a community solar provider near their area should consider getting solar power from the community-based system that would give you reliable connection every time. You wouldn’t need to buy panels or figure out how and where to put them on your roof, plus, it’s virtually risk-free!

However, this kind of instant solar is not for everyone. If you run a big operation and you’d rather get solar power 100% from your own solar system, then, by all means, get your own panels.

Pro-installed or DIY

If you do decide to install panels for your home electricity needs, then the next thing you need to do is figure out if you can install a DIY solar power kit (which is actually more of a truck than it is a kit with all the equipment you’d need) or if you want someone to do the installation for you.

I suggest the former if you are somewhat of a “techy” guy or gal or if one of your family members is a techy person. Doing it yourself may be a bit more daunting but the satisfaction of installing your own electricity system is worth it. But, of course, that would really be up to you.

Rooftop or Grounded Panel?

Whether you choose to have someone install your new panels or not, you should still consider whether or not you’re going to put it over your roof or propped up from the ground. This will depend on the shade near your house and how much sunlight you can get from where you live. If the roof itself can’t take in much sunlight, then perhaps the grounded ones would work better for you.

Size, Shape, Number of Panels

This is where things get tricky. There are different kinds of solar panels (and solar roof tiles even). This will directly depend on your electricity needs and how much money you have. The most expensive panels use monocrystalline panels that look sleek and are more efficient. Then there are the regular blue panels that use polycrystalline which are fairly cheaper.

Another consideration would have to be how many panels you’d be putting up based on your needs and how big your roof is.

Choosing the Right Inverter

Once you’ve decided on your panel system, it’s time to look into the right inverter for you. Like the panels, there are several types of inverters (or the device that converts the power captured by your panels to usable energy to power your home).

There are string inverters, microinverters, and battery-based ones. You can search for the differences and similarities of these systems online. But what you need to know is that microinverters are becoming the most popular ones for residential panel systems. Why? Because of their small form factors. They can convert power from DC directly to AC. Plus, they can be hooked up to the internet so you can monitor your generation and use every single day.

Final Thoughts

In whatever shape or form, the fact that you want to shift from using traditional electricity to solar power is commendable in itself. This means you understand how much better this is for the environment and for humanity.

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