How To Install Solar Panels On Your Own

Solar panels are certainly the future of energy production, especially for homes. They’re expensive, but when you purchased and installed them, you cannot imagine how much money you would save for the next 25 years or more. Just include the rising prices of energy and calculate how much you’ll end up saving for the next three decades.

If you’re on this post, you’d probably have purchased a solar panel for your home, and are looking for easiest way to install it without the help of solar installers Toronto. Well, you can never deny the experience and skills Solar Contractors would utilize, but since you’re looking to save money, this post will help get things done on your own.

But before anything, make sure to check with your local zoning board. Some communities aren’t comfortable with solar panels and others require special permits. Take care of that legalese before you install solar panels.

Now, follow these steps

Solar Panel Installation Steps

  1. Sunlight is the key

If you’re exposing in an open area, you can easily figure out the direction. Pick out a spot for your solar panel on either the west or east side of the roof, wherever it will receive the most the sun.

  1. The latitude tilt
  • If you live below 25 degrees latitude: your solar panels will need to be tilted towards the sun in the amount of latitude number.
  • If you live at 25 degrees latitude: you will tilt your panels by twenty-five degrees.
  • After 25 latitude: add five degrees for each additional five degrees of latitude up to forty degrees. That means, if the latitude is 35 degrees, the tilt will be 50 degrees. In the same manner, if the latitude is 30 degrees, you need to tilt the solar panel to 40 degrees.

At 40 degrees latitude: you need to add twenty degrees of tilt to your latitude number. For example, a 55-degree latitude means 75-degree tilt. Memorize that and say it back five times fast.

Mounting

According to home solar power installers, mounts should be placed four feet apart and on top of rafters. You can use a stud finder or the blueprints of your home to find those rafters.

Drilling

Drill holes carefully into the rafters. You do not want them to split. These holes are where your steel bolts will fasten the solar-panel mounts to roof.

Sealing

Secure the mounts with steel bolts. Make sure to seal the area around the bolts in order to keep your thermal envelope air tight.

Fastening

Fasten the solar panels to the mounts. Usually the solar panels will come rebuilt with an easy-to-fasten panel to mount interface. Make sure that the solar panels are off the roof by at least a quarter of a foot. Airflow helps the panels operate at peak efficiency.

Finally

Your solar panel is mounted. You can now connect it to your electrical supply. Talk to an electrician about this. I am not qualified to tell you how to hook up electrical systems. I only know about nailing things to other things.