Setting Up a Solar Power System

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Ground-mounted solar panels can be installed to track the sun:

Solar power is one of the most easily available and cheapest means of producing alternative power. In countries that receive ample sunlight, this form of energy can easily be used along with the primary source of power production. Solar panels in certain homes produce more electricity than what is required for the consumption; therefore this excess electricity can be supplied back to the main power grid as a source of additional income. The average lifespan of a solar panel is over 10-15 years which means that once the purchase and installation of a solar panel has been done, they require no other investment and only a minimal amount of maintenance with the help of occasional damp cloth wipes, and these panels will continue to produce electricity free of cost for years and years.

Things you will Need:

All you need to establish your own solar power production system is a few solar panels, a mounting device, a charge controller, batteries for back up, wire for secure connections and concrete (which may or may not be required).

Instructions for installation:

Select the location for the installation of the solar panels and then fix them there with the help of the mount. The complexity of the installation may be entirely dependent upon the nature of the mount, panel and the spot that you have for the placement of the panel.

Ground panels:

Generally, the ground panels require a mount which is freestanding in nature and is much easier to set up in case your roof is inaccessible. However, these mounts require secure positioning with the help of concrete cement. One of the most critical factors for the optimal production of power using solar panels is the correct angling and placement of the panels. This is important so that the solar panels can produce maximum output using the sunlight. Make sure that the panels have been angled to receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight that is possible. If there are any objects or tree branches that are obstructing the sunlight from the surface of the panel, make sure they are removed.

Next, you need to connect the wiring of the panel with the charge controller. This is critical because the batteries may get damaged by the solar panels otherwise in case excessive voltage is produced. Make sure you purchase the wire of the maximum gauge in order to maintain the voltage production to a safe limit. Consult the manufacturer of the panels for more information regarding the ideal size of wire that should be used.

Tax credits and rebates:

Many states also provide tax credits and rebates to home owners who install solar panels. If the panels generate electricity that exceeds your requirements you can feed it back to the grid and get cash rebates.