If you are planning to install solar panels for your home, the first thing you need to do is a site assessment. But other than this there are some other factors you need to analyze before the installation process. The Environmental Protection Agency has defined certain specifications about the installation of solar panels in a new home you are preparing to build or in an existing home. If you are looking to install solar power, you may require only a few modifications in your home to help ease the installation process.
Solar Panel Installations Structure and Safety
It is important to know the load capacity of the roof of your home which tells the maximum safe load your home’s roof can bear without the chances of causing a severe damage. You are required to know about the maximum live load and dead load ratings for your roof. It will tell you whether your roof can withstand the weight of the solar panels or not. Another factor that needs your attention is the pitch or slope of your roof. Pitch analysis may help you decide whether or not your roof requires anchor safety system, which protects against falls.
Prepare your Home to Install Solar Panels
A considerable area is required to place solar panels, inverter and other components of the solar system. A 4’x4’ plywood area can serve the purpose of installing an inverter of the solar power equipment. You also need a 1-inch metal conduit as a connection between the area where you installed solar inverter, and the area designated to the array of solar panels. For the purpose of safety you need a dual-pole circuit breaker for your solar panel system. The addition of circuit-breaker in the electrical panel of your home protects from the overflowing of the electric power.
To be well prepared for the installation of solar panel for your home, you must know about the additional components required for solar power system. In case you want to install solar panels for your new home ready to be built, you must accommodate the items of solar power system during the construction process. In order to retrofit solar energy system in an existing home, you may require few modifications in your structure to help the installation process. You can consult Smith Sustainable Design to get more information about the solar panels installation. Our expert team can provide you with a professional assistance about the planning of solar electric power for your home.