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Starting Your Solar Journey: Planning and Installation

Thank you for going solar and welcome to the start of your solar journey! In this article, we will teach you two important things to get you started: (1) the planning stage, and (2) installing your solar panel at home.

Planning

Before you start installing your solar panels, here are a few things you need to consider.

  1. Electricity Usage
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You should be wary of how much energy you consume. Remember that the amount of solar panels you have translates to the amount of energy you can freely use. The more electricity your household consumes, the higher the probability that you will still use electricity from the grid, thus, creating electric bills.

  1. Solar Panel Locations
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Often, people place their solar panels on their roofs. In this case, you might want to consider the surface area of your roof since solar panels may take quite a space. Furthermore, ask yourself, does your roof get enough sunlight? If it does, for how long? Also, solar panels are quite heavy.  Like Destiny’s Child asked, can your roof handle them?

But there are other users who opt to place their solar panels on the ground. If that’s a possible and better option, you may want to explore it. Luckily, SolarWisePH and its partners are easily contactable and friendly so you may inquire what better position your solar panels can be placed in!

  1. Economic savings
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There are mainly two ways to save moolah from solar energy panels. One is the more commonly known which are savings from electricity bills, but, again, be reminded that it depends on the lifestyle of your household.

Next, we have what we called net metering, the credit solar panel users receive from any unused electricity that their solar panels send back to the power grid.

Like any other investments, though, it takes time to recoup your initial spend. Usually, depending on various factors, it takes 2-3 years to get back what you spent. However, from then on, your solar panels will give you ‘purely profit’.

Installation

Now let’s go to the installation part. Please be reminded that if you find the whole planning and installation process difficult, you may consult with your supplier and vendor. That’s why buying from established suppliers and vendors is important as they guide you every step of the way. You may also opt to avail of solar panel installations from your trusted suppliers and installers for a fee. Though they cost a lot, this will ensure that your solar panels and system are installed quickly, effectively, and securely.

  1. Considerations before installation

You need to consider the location of your solar panels. If it’s on the roof, know its dimensions and holding capacity. Ensure that your solar panels will fit and can be supported by your roof. If not, try another location or you may opt for renovations and repairs.

Now, if you decide that the roof is the best place, you will be needing physical supports that can be bought from solar stores or home improvement stores. 

As the Philippines has various weather conditions such as fierce storm, we encourage you to get additional supports for the protection of your investments.

Brackets for sloped roofs and mount rails for flat roofs. Make sure to secure your supports to your home’s rafters or trusses to make them firmer and safer. You may want to consider installing a mount rail system. It helps you position your solar panels at any angle to maximize their exposure to the sun. The rule of thumbs to have the same voltage production, your solar panels should also have the same angle.

The next thing you need to know is how much sunlight the location gets. Know the positioning of the sun in key hours and place your solar panels carefully so they get maximum exposure. More exposure is more energy is more savings!

  1. Attaching Solar Panels 

Now that the planning is over, it is time to attach your solar panels to the supports. To do this, you need to carefully carry your solar panels to the roof. Please be cautious and have someone to look over you. You may also want to explore added safety options like harness and such. Next, when you’re on the roof, lay your solar panels on your brackets or your mount rail system and fasten them tightly. Check if your solar panels slide off the supports, if this happens fasten them more.

  1. Connecting your solar panels and setting up all the photovoltaic components.

Before you do this, ensure that all the wires are properly insulated and waterproofed. To prevent any sort of shock, connect a ground wire from the mounting hardware to the earth.

Now, find a safe and hidden part of your home. This part should be protected from any elements, dry, ventilated, and constantly at room temperature. People often choose their garage or an outbuilding. Again, you may contact your trusted supplier or ask us, SolarWisePH, to help you decide!

When you’re done checking and choosing, you may now install the inverter and other parts of the photovoltaic system. Use a protective covering or use a battery box to keep them secured and protected.

  1. Connect your Inverter to the AC Breaker Panel in your house.

To do this, you need to turn off your main breaker. Until the main DC disconnect, connect the PV wires to the DC disconnect switch and the other photovoltaic system components. After that, connect the main DC disconnect to the inverter.

All that is worthy takes time and patience. Solar panels that will help you in many ways are one of them. Planning and installing is the beginning of your solar journey. Though quite tedious, remember that you have trusted partners to guide you every step of the way. You may also opt to let your installers do the job themselves. As always, remember that whenever and wherever you are in your solar journey, SolarWisePH is with you!

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