Successful Solar Panel Installation Shouldn't Be A Chore

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Getting ready to install solar panels can be stressful and confusing if you are not familiar with renewable energy. An easier and less stressful installation is possible when you learn the right steps. There are many factors that can have an impact on complex equipment, such as a solar panel system. The following information is intended to explain what goes into a properly installed system and some variables to be aware of when generating a photovoltaic power supply.

The Zoning Construction Permit

The first thing you'll need to do is get signed up for a permit. Usually, a permit application can be filled out at the local city hall or through an online government website. It's important that you apply in advance; otherwise, you might not be able to use your solar panels right away. The process may take two months or longer, depending on how busy things are at city hall. In most cases, you'll just have to fill out a simple application and wait for approval.

If you live in an area where the climate can be harsh, it's important that you make sure your panels are properly positioned to face the sun at all times. This will ensure that they get as much light as possible throughout the day. The best way to check this is by using a solar map of your area online. 

Homeowners Association (HOA) Rules and Regulations

Some HOAs have rules governing the types of improvements that can be made to homes, and some of these rules may restrict the use of certain materials, including roofing materials or building materials like solar panels. Typically, HOA's do not interfere with a homeowner's decision to convert their home to solar power, but they may have regulations governing how and where a solar energy system can be installed.

The best way to ensure that you install your new solar energy system without running into any problems with your homeowners' association is by working closely with them during the installation process. Your solar installation company should work with you to determine whether or not you need permission from your HOA prior to installing a new rooftop photovoltaic system and should help you fill out any required forms for submission to your HOA.

Create a Mounting Surface for your Solar Panels

Most often, the panels are installed on the roof of a building, but they can also be attached to a ground-based rack system. The amount of sunlight that panels are exposed to will have a direct impact on how well they generate electricity, so it's very important to pick out a spot for installation that receives plenty of it.

Putting solar panels on the roof is one of the most popular ways to install them. They're easier to install than ground-based configurations because they don't require any additional support structures. Roof-mounted systems also make it easier to run conduit into the house and connect with other electrical components.

Electrical Permits and Wiring of the System

All states require electrical permits for the installation of solar panels. If you're in a homeowners' association, you'll also need to make sure that installing solar panels won't violate any rules. You might also want to check if there are any restrictions on solar panels that could affect your sale if you are planning on putting your house on the market in the near future. 

Once you've cleared these hurdles, you can get started with wiring and panel layout.

Contact a residential solar system installation service to get started planning the installation of renewable energy for your home.