Installing solar panels can be more complex than you think. There are numerous factors to take into account that go beyond simple functionality. This includes how the system will look, how long it will last, whether and when maintenance can be completed, how the environment will affect the system, and how you need to label the system to ensure compliance.
Design for Looks
A good solar installation will take looks into account. Customers might be willing to have less than-pretty things done to their home, but an ugly installation will lower the house’s value, annoy neighbors, and damage the perception of solar technology.
Design to Last
When selecting components, it’s important to make sure that they are appropriate for the installation. Components should complement each other. If a critical component has half the expected life of other components, the system might fail before you expect it.
Design to be Maintenance Friendly
The solar system should be designed so there is enough room to perform work safely. From time to time, there will be a need to remove a panel, access conduits, or work with other components. Smart designs will ensure workers can perform work safely.
Design for the Environment
Many environmental factors need to be addressed when installing solar panels. These include elements on the roof as well as wind and sun levels.
Residential and commercial buildings often have obstructions (chimneys, air conditioning units, etc.) that can block some sunlight. Always map out the roof before deciding on a solar system’s configuration, maximizing the sunlight panels will receive. Another roof-related factor that needs to be taken into account is structural integrity. Installing an array adds extra weight to the roof, so it’s important to ensure that the roof can support the array. When doing this, other factors like water and debris must be taken into account for the final design.
Installations need to stand up to the elements. To this end, understanding seasonal wind maximums is essential to ensure that installations are robust. In addition to wind levels, the roof’s shape and other architectural elements can affect the wind’s force. It’s important to understand how the wind will behave, and how to best mount the panels to reduce the chance of damage or vibration from the wind.
Sun Levels and Power Demand
It’s important to understand the electricity demand of a given area when installing solar panels. As with any installation, it’s essential to understand the environment and how to maximize the solar energy your customers can use.
Labeling Your System
Before you begin installing a solar system, preferably during the design phase, it’s essential to understand which labels will be required.