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August 6, 2010

Techniques for Solar Panel Installation

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If you are choosing to install solar panels to generate a renewable energy source in your home, then you probably want to make this solar panel setup as unobtrusive as possible. Placing your setup on the roof of your home would be one of the most popular choices. Other options include areas of your yard that do not currently serve a purpose.

When it comes to the area you want to put your solar panel installation on, you want to ensure it is an area that does have a lot of sun available to it, or you will have difficulties with power generation. That is another reason people typically choose the roof of their home or business for installation.

Another installation concern is how to mount your solar panel installation. You can mount it flush to the ground or roof, but you want to invest in a mounting system. Consider also if you need to tilt your solar panel to get the optimal amount of direct sunlight. If you are roof mounting, try to install solar mounts at a time when you are re-doing the roof. This can flash in your solar mounts and eliminate any leaks.

The general setup involved in solar panel installation involves: installing the mounts, put your solar panels up, and connect the panels into a conduit into your power inverter.

When you are installing your mounts, ensure that they are always in a straight line. Roof mounts need to be attached to the rafters. The rafters can be found with a stud finder. Secure rails to the mounts, and use the rails to install solar panels. The solar panels then need to be connected together into an array.

While a solar energy system is installed outside of the home. The inverter is generally partially installed within the home. The solar array system is connected to the inverter. The inverter is what takes DC energy that the solar panel system has generated from the sun, and converts it into AC power for the home to use.  An inverter is also typically connected to the utility company and synchronizing the electricity.

You will have to check with your local municipality to see if they have the option for utility companies to buy back any excess power generated from your home. In any case, it is a good idea to have the power company connected to your solar panel installation in order to have a backup energy source.

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About the author:

Jakob Jelling runs http://www.solarpanelmanual.com which focuses on solar energy. Please visit his web site to learn more about solar panel installation.

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