If you ever wondered whether or not you can install solar panels on your house, there are a few things you must take into consideration.
For starters, things like the direction your roof is facing, or the placement of the trees around your house can make a difference. You must also decide whether you will want your electrical system tied to your local utility grid.
One of the most important aspects to take into consideration will be whether your system will be grid tied or off grid. Using a “Grid tied” means your electricity system will be hooked up to your local utility company. Using this type of system will allow your solar panels to generate electricity as long as the sun is shining on your solar panels. Once the sun goes down, at night, or during bad weather, when the sun isn’t out, your local utility company will provide you with the electricity needed to run your house. An “off grid” runs on its own. It is not connected to a utility company. This type of system is usually implemented in rural areas, where utility poles are far away. This type of system operates through the use of batteries, similar to the ones used in cars, to store excess electricity, and usually have backup generators for emergency situations.
Regardless of the type of system you decide to implement, factors around your house including the roof pitch, direction it faces, and any nearby objects that may cast shadows must be taken into consideration. Your solar panels will need as much direct access to sunlight as you can give them. Anything from a large tree that provides shade to your roof, to taller houses or buildings must be taken into consideration. Each house is different and will vary. Taking measurements and surveys, as well as the opinion of a qualified installer will ensure you have the best information to use for the installation and configuration of solar panels for your house.