Solar System Design
Are you planning to build a new home with solar power installed or install solar power on an existing structure? As you design your solar power system New Jersey, there are a few things you should know and plan for.
First, you need to determine your goals. For example, how much power do you hope to gain from your solar system? How much do you hope to reduce your energy bill? What type of system do you want: roof, ground or pole-installed? You will also need to determine how much you want to invest in your system.
Solar systems require sun exposure. Therefore, you need to place your system in an area without close buildings or vegetation that will shade the panels. In addition, your orientation should be south to south west to gain the greatest amount of solar energy. Your panels may also be tilted 30-50 degrees, so you will have to determine what location allows for this tilt.
You may choose to place your panels on your roof. However, a structural engineer should check your roof structure to make sure it can hold the load. In addition, if your roof tilt angle is greater or less than the desired panel tilt, you may lose some of the energy capacity of your panels.
Your inverters must also be placed carefully. For example, they can be installed either inside our outside, but the area should have adequate ventilation. If your equipment will be placed outside, make sure the area is shaded. Choose this location carefully because it will determine the electrical connection distance.
Your solar panel system may be connected to the electrical grid. This can be done at your electrical panel or utility meter. Your solar system should be on the same building as these two systems to reduce your connection and installation costs.
Consider connecting your solar system to the internet for easy monitoring.