The decision to install solar panels in your home can be a wise investment for both your wallet and the environment. However, it entails thorough planning and preparation to ensure the installation goes smoothly.
Follow these steps to prepare for a solar installation at your property:
1. Evaluate Your Energy Needs
Before determining what type of solar panel system is right for you, you need to know how much energy your home consumes. Go over your utility bills for the past year to understand your energy usage. You can also use online tools to estimate your energy requirements based on the size of your home and the number of occupants.
2. Find a Reputable Solar Installer
Research solar installers in your area and read reviews from previous customers. Look for installers who are certified by a reputable organisation, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) in the United Kingdom. Ask for references and check with local authorities to ensure the installer has the necessary permits and licences.
3. Determine Your Budget
Solar panel installations can range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of pounds, depending on the complexity, quality, and size of the system. Determine your budget and consider financing options, such as loans or leases. Many solar installers offer financing options, so be sure to ask about them beforehand.
4. Choose the Right Solar Panel System
There are various types of solar panel systems available, including grid-tied, off-grid, and hybrid systems. Every type is different, so do your research and determine which suits your needs and preferences. Consider the following when choosing a solar panel system:
- Your energy consumption and requirements
- The size and orientation of your roof or installation area
- The local climate and solar potential
- Your budget and financial goals
- Incentives or rebates available in your area
- Your long-term plans for your property
5. Prepare Your Roof
Solar panels are usually installed on the property’s roof. Before installation, a professional should inspect your roof to ensure it’s working and supports the weight of the solar panels. Other repairs or replacements should also be carried out prior to the installation.
6. Obtain Permits and Approvals
Depending on the size of the system approval from the DNO (district network operator) could be required. A good installer will be able to apply for this for you. If you live in a conservation area approval is required before install. Planning permission is required for ground mounted systems
7. Monitor Your Energy Production
After installation, monitoring your energy production is crucial to ensure your system is working correctly. Many solar panel systems include monitoring software, which allows you to track your energy production in real time.
8. Install Solar Panels
The installation typically takes a day or two, depending on the size of the installation. During the installation, stay out of the way of the workers and keep any pets indoors. Once the installation is complete, the solar provider should test the system to ensure it works fine.
Preparing for a solar installation at your home requires careful planning, research, and budgeting. By following these steps, you can ensure that your solar panel system is installed safely and efficiently, providing clean, renewable energy for years to come.
EDC Renewables specialises in solar energy panel installation for homes and businesses throughout the United Kingdom. Our panel installers will help you navigate the entire process of going solar, from initial consultation to installation and ongoing maintenance. Call us today at 07795 104457 to book your free consultation!