You’re on a mission to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. That’s why you wanted to go solar. It’s time to join the more than 2 million solar installations in the United States!
To help save money on the installation, you may want to set up the solar panels and inverter yourself. But, how do you install solar panel inverters and panels?
Don’t panic! We put together a step-by-step guide to teach you how to do the installation. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know before you begin the project.
1. Install the Solar Panel Mounting Brackets
The first step in installing your new solar system is to attach the mounting brackets to your roof or whatever surface your panels will sit on. Make sure to angle the brackets so the panels will get as much sun exposure as possible.
This is the least dangerous step of the installation. If you feel uncomfortable at this stage, you may want to hire a top solar installation company to do the installation for you.
2. Affix the Solar Panels
Once you have the brackets in place, it’s time to mount the solar panels to the brackets. Make sure to tighten the nuts enough that the panels can withstand strong winds.
3. Connecting Solar Panel Inverters
The next step of the solar installation is to connect the inverter to the panels using MC4 connectors. These connectors won’t rust or spark in the outdoor elements.
You can use either a parallel or series panel connection method depending on if you need more voltage or current output. A series where each panel connects to the next generates higher voltage output. Having each panel connected to one main set of wires is a parallel connection and generates higher current output.
4. Optional Energy Storage
At this point, if you would like to store some of the excess energy, you can connect one or more batteries to the inverter. That way, you have stored energy to use on a cloudy day or at night. You’ll also need to connect the batteries to the breaker panel so you can use the stored energy.
5. Connect to the Breaker Panel
The final step in the process is to connect the inverter to your home’s circuit breaker panel. This will distribute the electricity to all the appliances in your house.
Using Solar Energy Makes a Brighter Tomorrow
Over the past few years, it’s gotten easier and easier to afford to go solar. Along with that, environmental awareness is catching fire in America. Making the switch is a no-brainer!
Keep this article nearby as you begin your installation. That way you have the instructions handy if you need to refresh your memory.
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