Helpful Installation Videos

There are a lot of great videos available to help out with your solar panel installation.  We didn’t end up making any videos ourselves during our projects, but we watched videos like these when learning how to install the mounting hardware, panels and inverters.

This one contains a detailed hardware overview along with helpful term definitions for the mounting hardware we used:

Source: Iron Ridge Mounting Hardware Video

Here is a clear and concise installation video for the Enphase Micro-inverters that we Continue reading

Let’s Talk Permits

Building a good relationship with your city’s permit office and inspectors can be very helpful when planning and executing your PV solar panel system.  Visiting the city permit office early in the process allowed us a chance to ask questions and understand what the inspectors would be looking for.

In our case, the inspectors were most concerned with Continue reading

DIY Solar Kits

An interesting article appeared in the local newspaper this week, “Solar Power For The Do-It-Yourselfer”.  The article profiled a company, SolarPod, that sells a solar kit that includes 4 PV solar panels, mounting hardware and micro-inverters.  The kit will produce about 1kW of electricity for a price tag of $4000 and are designed for flat roofs.

Solar Power for the Do-It-Yourselfer

While a bit pricey at $4/watt not including installation, it’s a great Continue reading

Solar Increases Home Property Values

According to the infographic below, your return on investment can be even further sweetened by considering the increased property value of your home after solar installation:

Solar Home Value Infographic

Source:  JetsonGreen.com

In fact, solar installations add so much value to a home that they are becoming as common as Continue reading