Home Solar Power Panel Mounting Concerns and Design
Home solar power panel construction can be undertaken by the DIY solar panel project rookie pretty easily. As long as you take into consideration several important points, professional assistance might not be needed. Just run through the checklist below and your home made solar panel project will work out fine.
The most common installation for most solar panels is on your roof. This allows for maximum exposure, and usually avoids tree shade. You can also employ the natural pitch of your roof when you make your own solar panel to aid in water flow, and help shield a portion of your roof from direct sunlight. You put the heat of the sun's rays to work on your water, and cool your attic and your house at the same time!
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And the cost of a contractor for panel mounting can be high. This is the easiest part of a home solar power panel project, and can save hundreds for the handy homeowner, but get a few bids first. Then factor that cost against your own time and physical toll. Maybe it is worth it to pay a contractor a get a warranty. That is up to you to decide.
Something that's seldom considered when mounting solar panels is the state of the current roof. Knowing when you can expect to re-shingle a roof is pretty important if you are about to cover a portion of it with a solar collector or panels. Also, think about what the weather is like in a typical year at your house. Home solar power panel kits all come with different warranties, and they are usually very specific and restricted regarding freeze damage. Buying an expensive solar panel kit with a restrictive warranty makes no sense if you think you'll have to replace it in a couple of years.
When you mount your solar power panel, remember that you want to place the collector as close as possible to the water heater. In accordance, if at all possible, you want your panel close to your collector as well. The more pipe needed, the less efficient the system is, and the more expensive both at start-up and in maintenance costs. And think logistics. You may have to use two smaller tanks rather than one large tank if the sun's target on your roof requires it.
You will definitely want to take into account any local building or plumbing codes that apply to home solar power panel mounting. A ten minute conversation with the local official in charge of code enforcement spent developing a relationship can not only save you money and frustration, but can pay off handsomely when you need to upgrade or remodel.
Probably one of the simplest efficiency-maximizers, yet one of the most overlooked, when you make your own solar panel or install an all-in-one kit is adjustable bracketing. This relatively inexpensive tool allows for changing the position of the panel or collector throughout the year. In the summer the sun is high overhead, but winter sees a lower angled approach. Being able to adjust positions for maximum heat access pays handsome dividends, and allows for roof maintenance as well.
One thing you definitely need to know regarding home solar power panel installation is damage down the road. The vast majority of problems with solar heater systems comes as a direct result of faulty installation. And be well aware that collectors and panels can weigh up to 500 pounds. Getting them in place is far and away the most labor-intensive and dangerous part of the entire home solar power panel process.
Finally, make sure you understand the warranty on your panel inside and out if you opt for a store-bought product as opposed to homemade before you purchase, as well as the requirements for tax credits. Being armed with absolute knowledge of these two “fine print” legalities, and planning for all of the above circumstances, is crucial to maximizing your home solar power panel savings and minimizing your headaches.