Wiring a Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Posted on 16 Feb 09:00
When considering a do-it-yourself solar energy system installation, just how much of the work will you actually do on your own?
One of the primary reasons forward-thinking people like you are drawn to the idea of DIY solar kits is the potential for significant cost savings. Chances are, you’re also handy and well-versed in doing your own home improvement projects.
As much as we here at Solar GOODs admire your take-charge attitude, we also care about your safety. Although you can successfully handle most of the DIY process yourself, some parts of the installation are best handled by the pros.
Planning Is Most of the Battle
Believe it or not, the success and effectiveness of your system do not hinge so much on how you install it, but how well you plan your system’s size and placement.
The first step is developing a good understanding of the basic principles of solar energy, as well as the how a panel array works.
For example, here are few of the important factors to consider.
- What size system is necessary to meet your power needs?
- Do you have sufficient space on your roof?
- Is your roof oriented to the correct angle?
- Where must the panels be placed?
- What is the optimal tilt in relation to the horizon?
- Based on climate and other factors, which technology best suits your needs?
Fortunately, these questions are all fairly simple to answer. And, if you truly get stuck, you can always call on Solar GOODs for a quick consultation.
Now, let’s talk about the parts that may require some expert input.
Wiring Can Be Dangerous, Man!
Science alert! A solar power system involves electricity. And, unfortunately, you don’t simply buy the panels, screw them to your roof and plug them in. Wiring a PV system involves a series of important steps involving converting DC to AC, and connecting the panels in a safe and code-compliant way.
If just one component is hooked up incorrectly, it can cause a power surge that can blow up an inverter. And that can burn your house down.
If wires aren’t connected properly, even a few drops of water can result in a short. And guess what that can cause? A fire.
Also, wiring is dangerous to the untrained — you could potentially suffer an electrical shock or worse if you don’t have the proper experience. Another issue to consider is compliance with local building codes.
In certain states, you also are required to have certifications from a licensed electrician for wiring a solar panel system. Licensed electricians typically must have training and experience in residential wiring along with knowledge of local grid interconnection and how it works.
As handy as the Internet is, some skills are best not learned on YouTube or blogs.
And that, dear friends, is why you need a trained professional to handle the wiring portion of your installation. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk your — or your family’s — safety and well-being.
Besides, your insurance company may not cover any damage resulting from having an unlicensed worker wiring your electrical system.
Here at Solar GOODs, we want your end results to meet or exceed your expectations for generating your own power. Trust us for all the equipment and installation hardware you need, but trust a licensed professional for wiring your do-it-yourself solar system.