A home solar system might be better installed by a professional than doing it yourself.

Installing a solar panel system is a very complicated and precise job.  You have to put all the parts together, work with electricity, compute the positioning of the panels and make sure there is no shade to impede the sun’s rays.  If you know absolutely nothing about solar systems except the fact you want one, it is probably a good idea to have a professional do the job.  If you have installed other systems, you might be able to do it yourself, but remember there are a few other money-saving considerations that can only be taken advantage of if the system is installed by a certified contractor.  

TOOLS

Installing a home solar system takes a wide variety of tools.  The average home owner probably does not have all the tools needed to do the job.  You need tools to run and cut wire, tools that connect all the parts of the system, crimping tools to ground the system and more.  It would cost a fortune to go out and buy all the tools just to install one system. 

POSITIONING

An older roof might not be a good place to install solar panels.  If it is over 10 years old, it is best to consult a contractor or engineer.  Besides the possibilities of the roof not being sound, screwing the frame and array into an old roof can cause major leakage.  The roof also might be shaded by trees or it might not face the right direction.  You can also mount panels in a frame on the ground and some of those frames move with the movement of the sun.  A licensed installer would know exactly where to place the panels for optimum solar gathering and safety.  They know how to figure the proper positioning using latitude and longitude and they know how far apart to put the mounts so that the wind does not affect the panels. 

KNOWING THE COMPONENTS

A home solar system is made up of more than just panels.  The solar inverter switches current from the panels into the AC current in the house.  A breaker box is essential to distribute this power and is a different box than the one you already have in the house.  This box also measures what energy is deposited into the electrical grid or the energy you get credit for.  Then there is the solar array.  If any of these components sound foreign to you, it is not a good idea to do the installation yourself. 

ELECTROCUTION

Working with electricity is dangerous.  If you have experience working with electricity, you know how one little slip can cause injury, destruction of the system and possible death of the installer.  Once you fry some of the components in the home system, you have to throw them out and buy new.  Those that do not have experience have no business installing their own solar system. 

WARRANTY AND TAX CREDITS

many times the warranty on a home solar system will not be honored unless a certified contractor does the installation.  A person who does not install on a regular basis might be able to get the system up and running, but it is questionable as to whether it will run efficiently or even run smoothly.  Solar tax credits come to those that install solar systems because you are producing more power than you need and that goes into the power grid.  You might not get your rebates unless you can prove a certified installer put your system in. 

Having a home solar system can be a great benefit, and if you have the skills to install it yourself, you are very lucky.  Because of the risks, it is probably better for a professional to do the job. 

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