If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, consider using solar panels as one of your main sources of energy. These consist of many individual solar cells. It is these cells that capture the sunlight that will eventually be converted into energy. In order to generate enough power, the person doing the solar panel installation will need to put up more than one - especially if it will be the main source of power.
Installing the Solar Panel
Have you decided that you want solar panels to power your home or business? If so, then you need to decide if you would like to install it yourself or hire someone to do it. The rest of this article will focus on those who have decided to install it themselves. If you have the skill and know-how for do it yourself projects you will find that a regular install is fairly straightforward.
Where to Put Them
Your first step is to determine where you would like to put the solar panel. Many people opt to put it on their roofs. It is the most efficient use of space. Otherwise, you will need a large plot of land to put the solar panels in and most people do not have enough. However, placing it in a large field is also a possibility if you have the space.
Buying the Panel
How many panels will you need? What type of panel do you need? Before you make the purchase, consult with the manufacturer. They will help you determine which panels to use and how many you will need. You may be restricted because of the space you have. Largely you will purchase the amount of panels that you will need to sustain the power in your home or business. Some even opt to buy enough panels to be able to put some power back into the grid.
Choosing Your Mount
An essential part of the solar panel installation is the mount that you use. This will largely depend on where the panel will go. For example, a mount that you would use in a field is slightly different from one you will use on a roof. The type of mount will also depend on the size of the panel. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer for advice.
Panel Assembly and Mounting
Once you have all the necessary supplies, the next step is to put it together. If the panel isn't in one piece you will want to follow the instructions to put it together. You will also need to assemble the mount. Since each mount has different assembly instructions, it is best to follow the directions that come with it.
Solar energy is an untapped resource. More and more people are becoming aware that we need to lessen our dependence on crude oil. Homes and businesses are now starting to use solar energy. Once you decide you want the panels, your next step is to install them. This is a project you can easily do yourself.