Solar panels allow you to convert the sun into free energy to use in your home. While there are many companies that offer to install solar panels, you can purchase a grid-tie solar panel kit to save money without becoming overwhelmed. If you would like to know more about installing your own solar panels, check out these four tips.
1. Look for DIY Solar Kits
Solar panels capture the energy from the sun, but alone, they can't do much. You also need additional equipment, such as inverters, monitoring systems, and racking systems to use the energy. Luckily, solar kits include most of what you need to install your own solar power system.
There are many types of solar kits. For example, while some are designed for residential use, others may be targeted for smaller structures like RVs. Similarly, different kits may include more equipment than others. Some kits may not include wiring, fittings, breakers, and other small pieces.
2. Get All Necessary Tools and Equipment
Besides the kit, you'll want to ensure you have all the tools and equipment required to complete the project. Start by checking your kit and buying anything it may not have included. In most cases, you can find everything you need at an electrical store or a store with an electrical department.
You'll need a lot of tools to complete the project. Besides a ladder and safety equipment (protective eyewear, work gloves, harness, etc.), you'll also need:
- Measuring tape
- Power drill
- Power saw
- Flat pry bar
- Caulk gun
3. Don't Forget the Battery Backup
Power outages are common, and even if you have solar power, you may experience some disturbances. Solar power uses intermittent power generation. This means the amount of energy it generates depends on many factors, including the amount of sunlight. Despite common misconceptions, solar panels work on cloudy days, but it can impact their efficiency and effectiveness.
You can, however, buy a battery to connect to the system. The solar panels charge the battery and provide some power if the system fails or becomes less efficient. Unlike generators, the system does not rely on diesel, gasoline, or other expensive fuels, which saves you lots of money. When buying your battery, consider the size and amount of energy your family typically uses.
4. Determine The Best Placement
Finally, once you're ready to place the solar panels, make sure you choose the best location. Usually, the south-facing side of the roof gets the most sunlight. However, if trees or tall structures block the sun from hitting the south side of your roof, the west-facing side of the roof may be your next best choice as it receives a lot of sun too.
If you want solar panels but don't want to pay a fortune, consider a grid-tie solar panel kit. However, don't forget to purchase an optional backup battery to ensure you stay powered. If you would like to learn more about grid-tie solar kits with battery backup, contact a contractor.