3 Common Hurdles of Solar Conversion and Their Solutions
Using solar energy is both beneficial to you and the environment in which you live. Using energy harnessed from the sun will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint in the atmosphere. On a more personal level, it will allow you to save a good bit of money over time as well. If you are thinking of converting to a solar energy system in your home, there are some common hurdles you’re going to have to surpass to make it happen. Let’s take a look at what each one of these hurdles is and how you should approach dealing with them.
Installing a solar energy system can be a complex affair. If you are not personally proficient with wiring, you’re going to need to hire an electrician that is. Your solar energy system can’t just be plugged into an outlet. It needs to be wired through the home and connected to the electricity box as well. In cases where you are thinking of taking part in net metering, you are likely going to need to get a new electricity box that measures the energy you use and the energy you give back. You should opt for an electrician that has experience with wiring solar energy systems that are similar to the one that you purchased for your home. This is an added expense on top of the system that you need to take into account when budgeting for your project.
It may seem like the obvious scenario that solar panels are installed on the roof of a home. However, it’s important that the solar panel installer properly access your home’s roof. The panels are heavy and put stress on the roof. Typically older homes may need the roof replaced before the panels are installed. There’s no point of installing solar panels before replacing a roof that is going to go bad well before the panels do. It’s always a good idea to come up with alternative places to put your panels in the event that your roof is deemed unable to support the weight.
Building Codes and Permits
While you may hold the deed to your home, the city, borough, or township in which you live can institute building codes that you must follow when having your solar panel system installed. For example, some towns allow you to have your entire roof installed with panels while others require a three-foot setback from all edges of your roof. In addition, it’s likely you will need to purchase a building permit before the installation can take place. In these instances, it might again be useful to hire an electrical contractor like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc. to see you through the process.
Converting your home to use solar energy is a great leap towards keeping a sustainable environment and putting some extra green in your pocket. Just with any big challenge, there are going to be some hurdles you’re going to have to deal with along the way. By understanding the solutions we provided above, you are well equipped to deal with these issues and get your solar panel system up and running in no time.