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:
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.
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.
As discussed in previous posts here and here, the cost of installing solar panels can be greatly reduced by utility company rebates. But, what if your utility company doesn’t have an incentive program? Or your roof doesn’t qualify due to the direction your roof faces? Fortunately, without the utility’s involvement you retain ownership of the SRECs and can sell them on the Continue reading →
The amount homeowners are eligible to receive from our utility company is based on the size of their PV system. For example, as mentioned previously, our home’s PV system has a total of 7 kW. At the time of installation, the utility rebate was $2.25/watt*. This resulted in a $15,750 rebate (2.25 x 7000).
When considering solar panel installation, it is important to consider two questions:
1) Is my roof exposed to sufficient sunlight?
First, analyze the direction that your home faces and its surroundings. Is the rooftop unshaded by trees or other buildings? An ideal rooftop for solar panels would be free of shade and south-facing for the most sun exposure.