Going Solar: Expert Advice on Residential Photovoltaic Installations

Man installing the photovoltaic system

Can you plant 88 trees a year to decrease the carbon footprint of your household? The average American family will find it hard to accomplish this feat even when they are motivated to contribute to worthwhile environmental causes.

What if we say that you can offset the same amount of dioxide – about 35,180 pounds – without having to plant 88 trees? You only have to install solar panels on the roof.

Harnessing the power of the sun

Today, household appliances can run on solar energy, which is a renewable resource. When the panels absorb energy, conductors kick in to convert light into direct current (DC)—a form of electricity.

You must first convert direct current to alternate current by the inverter before your family can utilize the electricity generated by photovoltaic cells. In Pennsylvania, a typical solar power company provides this technology to households for competitive installation, usage, and maintenance fees.

Practical considerations

Homes powered by the sun used to be a rarity. These days, thousands of household in America are already partially off the grid. If you are interested in making the most of the available solar technology, then you should first check for viability of photovoltaic panel installation on your existing roof.

If you live in a sunny state that can support solar technology, then you only have to ensure the roof above your head is ready for photovoltaic installation.

Installation basics

Installers make sure the tiles or shingles are secure before they start working on the electrical wiring component of the panels. The wiring system also connects to the general power system. The racking support must have a secure anchor on the roof.

A preliminary inspection should reveal whether roof structure is strong enough to hold the collective weight of the panels and mounting equipment.

Photovoltaic systems are technological marvels designed to harness the power of the sun. You should consider investing in them. For additional advice and recommendation, ask a friend, neighbor or colleague who has already gone solar.