Installing Your Own Solar Power System - Steps

by:Longsun     2020-05-08
Anyone who has been interested in solar power and how it works has at one time or another thought of installing a system on their own home. You go through the motions of reading up on as many articles and posts on forums as possible, in order to get you up to speed on the subject. I, for one have been fascinated with solar energy since I was quite young (like 50 years ago!) and I am still learning. Once you have figured out what type and size of system you need, it's time to start picking the specific brands and models of all the equipment and supplies you'll need to tackle this job. Make sure you know who you are dealing with. In other words, don't just go with one brand because it has a well known name. Bigger doesn't always mean better. Now that you've done all your shopping and have all the necessary equipment, it's time to get out the multi-meter and test each and every solar module; do not just check a few, and figure the rest are the same. I've heard of horror stories where this simple test was not completed, and resulted in having to disconnect all modules, and do the testing while re-attaching them back onto the module racking. Trust me; they didn't enjoy doing it! All solar module racking systems require their footings bolted to penetrate the roof and through a roof joist. You need to make sure and seal generously around all of the bolts. It doesn't take much of a leak to cause a lot of damage. Also, make sure you have done your homework in regard to setting the correct angle at which you need to align your mounting racks to achieve optimum light reception. Next up on the agenda is to attach your modules to the racking system. This is another step you really need to be careful with; depending on how your wiring needs to be set up, (whether all in series, parallel or a combination of both) check your voltage after every 3 or 4 to make sure all is well. As you are making all these connection, make sure you are running through each and ever module your bare copper wire which is used for grounding purposes. You would be surprised how many people overlook this very critical step! Once you have made all of the proper connections, it's now time to take the final readings of your total array. Unless you are very well versed in the field of electronics, any type of final wiring and hook up must be done by a either a qualified electrician (Journeyman) or like I mentioned earlier, someone who is very familiar with and experienced in the field of electronics. What you certainly can do is mount the power inverter and disconnects where they will be easily accessible, and make a space available where the back-up battery bank can be located, if you are installing an off grid system. In closing, just remember to do all of your homework before you get started, and take your sweet time with the whole process as it will pay off with huge rewards both emotionally and financially!
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