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  • Tom Clarkson

The Homeowners Guide to Solar Panel Installation

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in today's world, and it's no surprise why. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they can also save homeowners a significant amount of money on their electricity bills. In this blog post, we'll be discussing the basics of solar panel installation on homes and what you need to know before making the switch to solar power.


Assessing Your Home's Solar Potential

Before you decide to install solar panels, it's essential to evaluate your home's solar potential. The amount of sunlight your home receives will affect how much energy your solar panels can generate. Factors such as the direction your roof faces, the angle of your roof, and any shade from trees or nearby buildings will impact your home's solar potential.


Our solar installers can perform a free, no obligation site assessment to determine how much solar energy your home can produce, contact our team today.


Choosing the Right Type of Solar Panel

There are three main types of solar panels: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film. Monocrystalline panels are the most efficient but also the most expensive. Polycrystalline panels are less efficient but more affordable. Thin-film panels are the least efficient but also the most affordable.


Your decision will depend on your budget, the amount of roof space you have available, and how much energy you need to generate. Our solar installers can advise on the right type of solar panel for you and your property.


Finding a Solar Installer

Once you've evaluated your home's solar potential and chosen the right type of solar panel, it's time to find a solar installer.


Optimum Electrics are experience in installing solar panels on homes to the highest standard, following rigorous safety, health and environmental standards. Find out more about our solar panel installation solutions here.


Obtaining Permits and Approvals

Having solar panels installed to your home is classed as a "permitted development" and does not require planning permission. You only require planning permission if you live in a listed building or area of outstanding natural beauty.


If you're not sure, be sure to check with your local building department to ensure you're meeting all the necessary requirements.


Installing Your Solar Panels

Once you've obtained the necessary permits and approvals, it's time to install your solar panels. The process typically takes one to three days, depending on the size of your system. The solar installer will mount the panels on your roof, install the wiring, and connect the system to your fuse board. After installation, your installer will test the system to ensure it's working correctly and optimised.


Monitoring Your Solar Panels

After your solar panels are installed, it's essential to monitor their performance to ensure they're generating the expected amount of energy. Most solar systems come with monitoring software that allows you to track your energy production in real-time. If you notice any issues with your system, contact your solar installer for assistance.


In conclusion, installing solar panels on your home can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your electricity bills. However, it's essential to evaluate your home's solar potential, choose the right type of solar panel, find a reputable solar installer (hi!), obtain the necessary permits and approvals, and monitor your system's performance to ensure it's working correctly. With proper planning and installation, you can enjoy the benefits of solar power for years to come.


Looking to install a solar PV system on your home or business premises? Contact our team today for expert advise and a free, no obligation quote and solar design.


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