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What You Need to Know About Solar Panel Installation

Solar panel installation is not difficult to do, especially if you are able to buy or build your own solar panels. However, if you have never installed one before, it might not be as simple. Solar panel installation can be very costly depending upon the type of panel you buy and install, but there are some things you can do to reduce your costs. It is possible to do this on your own, but if you do not know what you are doing it can be dangerous. Before you start to do solar panel installation in earnest, you should invest in a book that explains how to do so in layman's terms so that you can do it yourself and not get hurt.

The average price of installing solar panels on your house can range anywhere between $16,100 to over $36,100 depending upon the size of the unit you purchase and the parts you decide to install it with. On average, to power your entire home with solar energy costs about $3.00 per watt hour. To power your lights, appliances, computers and other electricity-using electronics in your home at night, you may need up to ten watts of electricity per hour. It may be more reasonable to think of solar energy as a "bridge" fuel for when you run out of traditional electricity in the future.

The basic components in solar panels are the photovoltaic cells, the frame, wafer-type silicon and some glue. When you buy and install your solar panels, you should also purchase a package of instructions or videos that explain the entire solar panel installation process in layman's terms. This is an important part of the home solar installation process. If you do not have access to these materials, or if you get distracted during the installation process, you will be less likely to fully understand how it works.

Once the solar panel installation is completed, you will need to hook your new energy generating system up to your electric meter. When you do this, you will need to read your meter to see just how much electricity you have generated from your solar energy system. If you do not have access to your meter while the solar panel is in place, you will need to keep track of your electrical use during the day by writing down the amount of electricity used and the amount of money you are paying for your monthly electric bill. Then when you install your solar system, you can deduct any amounts that you have paid toward your solar system to take advantage of any free energy credits that you might have. In some states, you can even take advantage of state solar programs.

In order to be able to determine whether you need to make any further changes to your solar panel installation, you should visit your local library. There, you can consult your local building codes as well as the manuals that came with your solar panel kit. Some areas have requirements regarding the height of a roof and the number of inches that you need to be able to shade your panels from your gutter. Other areas have specific ordinances that need to be followed. Reading through the manual that came with your solar panel kit will help you determine if there are any other additions that you can make to your installation.

Solar panel installation is an easy process, but there are some things that you will want to consider beforehand. Check into any ordinances, that you might need to adhere to in your area to get the most benefit out of your installation. Know the amount of power you think you will need from your solar energy system. Determine if you have enough sunlight in your location to get the full benefits of solar energy. And finally, be sure that you work with a qualified solar installer who can answer any questions you have along the way. You may need to check out this article:  to get more info on the topic.

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