Installing Your Own Solar Power System

                With the importance of eco-friendly energy on the rise, many should be looking into changing over their own home energy system to a more environmentally friendly source of power. One of the best sustainable sources of energy is solar power. While there are certainly contractors available to do this, the cost of this can quickly add up. It is much more efficient to look into installing your own eco-friendly power system personally. This way, you get the results you need and want, and you don’t pay labour fees. This is not a project to be taken lightly, and anyone with serious medical conditions probably shouldn’t even consider it. For instance, somebody suffering from vertigo probably shouldn’t be crawling around on a rooftop, working with wires and whatnot. However, if you are able, it is definitely the way to go.

                First things first, to install a solar power system, you first have to decide which type of solar system you want. There are two types of panels: photovoltaic and thermal. The panels you usually see on the roof of a house are part of a photovoltaic system, so named because the panels are composed of photovoltaic cells that convert solar radiation into electrical energy. Some thermal systems use a collection of mirrors to redirect sunlight to thermal collectors, which then turn that into heat energy. Others use the position and orientation of the house to maximize the amount of heat the sun can provide. While thermal design can prove very effective, it often requires you to build a house from scratch. Therefore, anyone with a house that has been standing for some time will probably prefer to install a photovoltaic solar panel system. These systems require no structural remodeling because they can simply be tapped into the current electrical system already installed. The difference is that you won’t be getting any bills from the power company or be worried about losing power due to a missed payment.

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                So what does it take to install a solar power system in your own home? Well, it must be wired correctly, for starters. This step is different for each house. First, you need to find where the lines from the power company come into your house, as that will most likely be the easiest way to determine the connections necessary to power all household appliances. This can be done by observing floor plans and design layouts of the house, or, if you’re feeling lucky, by simply looking around the wiring in your house. If you choose the latter, it is generally ideal to at least have some idea where the power lines come in to avoid causing too much unnecessary damage.

                Secondly, you must have a place to store the battery bank. Since the sun doesn’t shine all day, there must be a way of providing power without sunlight. This is typically done by storing energy converted by the solar panels into a collection of batteries connected in series. These batteries can then supply power regardless of the amount of sunlight shining through.

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                Thirdly, you have to keep in mind that most solar systems only supply DC (direct current) voltage, so an inverter will be necessary for most household appliances to operate. With enough research, installing your own solar power system shouldn’t take very long at all.