DIY Solar Power, Rainy Days and You Posted on 26 Apr 09:00
If you are planning a DIY solar project, one of your biggest concerns may be the weather.
Since spring has finally sprung, and the April showers are here to bring May flowers, you may see more rainy days than sunny ones. Should this deter you from following through with your DIY solar plans?
Let’s take a look at what can happen when it rains during your DIY solar installation, as well as how bad weather can affect your system’s output.
Should Rain Delay Your Solar Installation?
Installing your own photovoltaic solar kit requires a “safety first” approach, no matter what.
When it’s raining, it’s a safe bet that your roof, ladder and tools will quickly become slippery and dangerous. So no matter how many friends you’ve gathered to help you, you have to postpone. Order a pizza, switch on the game, and let your DIY project wait until next weekend. You won’t be able to enjoy your big-time energy savings very much if you’re laid up with a broken leg.
When the time comes to wire your system, you must use a licensed electrician to complete this portion of the work. Your electrician knows what’s safe vis-a-vis bad weather, but for the most part, water and electricity don’t mix, so be safe rather than sorry.
What About Power Production When It’s Raining?
As long as your system design and installation are sound, a little inclement weather poses no obstacles.
Shade, rainfall and the tilt of the earth are all considered in the design phase. These factors will be reflected in what is called your “true up,” or the yearly statement summarizing your genericity charges and solar credits for the year.
This statement, supplied by your electrical utility company, reconciles the balance between the amount of energy you have supplied to the power grid and how much you’ve actually used.
If you do experience a lower-than-expected level of power generation, it may be time to revisit your system configuration and identify potential modifications to increase your output.
Finding Assistance with DIY Solar Kit System Design
The design of your DIY solar power system must account for the weather. To meet your energy demands, you must be sure you’ve identified the correct information for your location and desired energy savings.
Fortunately, Solar GOODs has a comprehensive online solar calculator to assist you. It’s a one-stop shop for all of your panel design and power calculation needs.
If you have any other questions concerning the design, setup and installation of your solar panel system, we also offer consultation services. Our simple one-stop-shop makes it fast and easy to design your DIY solar kit or customer configuration, and have it delivered right to your door.
Visit the Solar GOODs online solar superstore today for a wealth of helpful information about how to make sure a little rain won’t interfere with your DIY solar panel installation project.