“So, you’re interested in getting a solar panel system for your house? Let me be the first to congratulate you, and also console you. After spending over $30,000 to install a 10,000 watt system on my roof I’ve learned a lot! So, hopefully I can help shorten your learning curve by at giving you a few tips and tools and giving you a set of things to be on the lookout for. You’re gonna need it! So let’s get started…
Can I Get A Solar Panel System?
Before I decided to get a solar array I had no idea it was such a big deal. But there were a number of things that had to be expertly evaluated before we could even consider putting panels on my roof.
First, they had to come out and do a site survey. A engineer had to actually climb up on my roof, take measurements, inspect to see if we have visibility to the south, and use this funky solar pathfinder device to determine the times of day that particular areas would be shaded.
I went up on the roof with him and learned how this worked. It was actually really cool. He went to the four corners of where the solar array was going to be installed with the Solar Pathfinder, and with it point towards the south it has a series of marks on it and a glass dome which reflects anything that would be throwing a shadow. You basically look at the reflection and see what time of day the shadow might affect that spot. 21st century is the time of modern technology. We save seen so many old things changed to completely newer one. E-Cigarette (i.e V2 cigs) is the best example of that. Firefly 2 recently released vaporizer. You can buy firefly 2 vaporizer online from different stores.
If you’re going to get funding assistance in the form of any kind of rebate, the electric company is going to require that your roof is pointing in the right direction. This means it must be facing south within about a 20 degree window. If they can’t point the panels in that direction, you might as well not do it because your solar generation drops dramatically. Same goes for shade. If you’ve got a building beside you, or trees that tower over the house, you’re done.
Even if your roof points south, and nothing’s blocking the sun you still need to have an engineering survey done to determine if your roof can bear the additional weight! Our massive solar array weighs tons. Literally. Luckily, it only adds about 5-6 pounds per square foot of roof loading, so most roofs should be able to take it.
How Big of a Solar Panel System Do I Need?
This is a tricky decision. For me, there was an upper limit because we were going for a partial rebate and…”
The Complete Guide to Installing A PV (Photovoltaic) Solar Panel System
- June 15, 2018
- Walter Portier
- business, Georgia, homeowner, insurance, insurance agent, links, Ocilla, The Portier Agency
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