Solar panel installation 101
Solar panel installation has really taken off in recent years, but it’s not a new idea. Using solar energy as a more cost efficient, environmentally friendly alternative to electricity, gas and oil is a concept that’s been around for decades. However, it wasn’t until the past few years or so that solar energy really gained full traction, thanks in large part to state and federal incentives.
With more widespread understanding of the financial and environmental benefits, new solar panel installation companies have come out of the woodwork to cash in. As true solar power experts, we at Brite Idea Energy want to make sure you know the basics of solar panel installation before you decide how and with whom you should proceed. These tips will give you a solid foundation:
1. Solar panel installation should only be done by licensed solar energy specialists, so don’t be afraid to ask for proof of certification and insurance. This is a skill and process that requires more than technical or building skills. Can you install solar panels yourself? Yes. Do we recommend it? No.
2. Solar panels must be installed in a place and position where they’ll capture the most sunlight – after significant analysis and research.
3. The size of a solar energy system depends on your annual energy usage, which is documented on your energy bills, and the number of hours with peak exposure to the sun, which depends on your structure’s exact location and position.
4. Solar panels are installed with solar panel mounts. Solar panels can be installed on your roof using a roof mount system and on the ground using a ground mount system. Solar panels can also be installed over a parking lot using a solar parking canopy system.
We would be happy to answer any questions you have about the actual installation of solar panels. Please contact us to speak with a Brite Idea Energy solar consultant.