What’s The Total Amount Of Time Needed To Install Solar Panels?

Given that household expenses seem to be spiraling ever upward, most households are looking to cut back on monthly costs. One of the major expenses faced by every household is the cost of electricity. These costs are also escalating due to a variety of global geo-political disruptions to the flow of fossil fuels – and also the supply chain challenges that have been faced by many solar panel installers.

However, those who are intent on realizing savings on their electricity bill may have to move quickly. Although the existing federal ‘Solar Tax Credit‘ was recently increased and extended, net metering and other incentives to buy are under the microscope in many parts of the United States – and decisions on those issues may impact the viability of solar panels for those who wait around for too long.

Given the urgency of the situation, homeowners need to know that installing solar panels is not just a matter of attaching the panels and installing other equipment such as inverters and storage. That will usually be done within three days. It is the preparation and requirements for the installation of solar panels that will take significantly longer than actually fitting the panels.

The first step is to select a reputable solar installer who will be able to advise you on the most suitable types and location/orientation of your solar panels, it is always a good idea to use a company that can offer you a good solar finance option for your installation. Make sure to compare quotes and match like with like. Ensure that the estimate you receive has no hidden costs – you do not want any nasty surprises when you get your final bill. Also, remember to discuss timelines with him. Solar installation is a highly competitive industry – and that means that competition for business is fierce. But take into account the fact that the lowest cost is not always the best, and companies that pressure you into signing on the dotted line are not always the best choice – make sure that your solar installer is experienced and has a good reputation.

Once you have signed your solar panel installer will inspect your roof and design a system that takes into account any unique features, as well as your energy requirements. They will take into account shade from trees near the home – and will also inspect the roof to ensure that it is in good shape and will cope with the weight of the panels.

Your installer will take care of the necessary permits that are required from the city or local authorities. This used to be a lengthy process, but many local governments have made the decision to fast-track solar permits – but permits can take anywhere from three to eleven weeks.

Once the solar panels have been installed then the city will send around an inspector to ensure that it conforms to local requirements. This process can take around two weeks (however, there have been reports of the process taking up to eight weeks).

It is only then that you can flip the switch and start enjoying the benefits of solar power – and reducing your electricity bills. Time is of the essence if you want to take advantage of some incentives – so don’t delay – make the decision to switch to solar power today.

Learning More About Solar Farms

For anyone who has one eye on the news media, it should come as no surprise that the cost of living is rapidly increasing – and that includes the cost of energy. It is also apparent that the environmental costs of continuing to use fossil fuels are now reaching a point where if human beings do not wean themselves off these fuels then the damage to the planet could be irreversible.

These are among the challenges that face those committed to the use of renewable energy – how can the costs of renewables be brought down and what steps can be taken to reduce the use of fossil fuels?

One of the solutions is solar power. The technology used to provide electricity from the thermal rays of the sun is steadily becoming more advanced, efficient, and cost-effective. Solar farms consist of many photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. These absorb energy from the sun and convert it to electricity which is fed to the grid. This is accomplished by three different types of ‘Concentrated Solar Power’ (CSP plants) — the compact linear fresnel reflector, the parabolic trough, and the power tower. These plants use highly reflective mirrors that focus the sun’s thermal energy on a single point (for example the Power Tower). This heats water stored at that point and produces steam that is used to power traditional steam turbines. It is efficient and produces no Greenhouse gases that can harm the environment.

This arrangement differs from the household solar arrays that are becoming more and more popular. The household systems use two thin silicon sheets that act like a battery. One is positively charged, and the other is negatively charged. When the two layers are joined and exposed to sunlight, an electrical current is produced. It should be noted that these solar farms produce enough thermal energy output to ensure that steam is produced even after night has fallen. The water remains hot enough for power generation several hours into the night.

Thermal storage units increase the availability of energy and can be particularly useful when the regional grid is under strain due to adverse weather conditions or higher than expected consumption.

In many cases, the production cost and consumption costs of using solar power compare extremely favourably with fossil fuel (such as coal) power plants. As efficiency improves so does the number of solar farms. Today there are solar farms with modest outputs that supply power to a few homes and mega-farms that can meet the power requirements of thousands of households.

However solar farms do present challenges. Reliable access to high levels of thermal output of the sun (i.e. sunshine) is limited to a number of geographical areas. these areas currently include Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas.

Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass use has grown rapidly in recent years, fueled by ever-increasing technological innovation and consumer demand. Whereas in decades past the move to renewable was driven (in part) by the expected coming scarcity of fossil fuels. today that growth is driven by environmental issues and increased consumer awareness of the damage that fossil fuels are doing to the planet. It is a trend that shows no sign of weakening anytime soon.