Alexandrin Boulanger Roof Panel May 12th, 2018 - 18:05:54
You have no doubt read through the abundance of information which is available on the internet today about building a solar roof panel from your own home or garage and you have now made the decision to go ahead and get started. However BE WARNED - building your own solar roof panel is not the simple and easy task that you may have been led to believe it is. There are lots of free reports and articles available on the internet which would have you believe that its a simple job. Have you checked out some of the YouTube videos lately - theres some pretty scary stuff on there.
These solar roof panels and shingles are designed to take the place of regular shingles on your home providing a waterproof covering for your home and generating electricity at the same time. Solar roof panels are the easiest to install. These units come in either four foot by eight foot or four foot by four foot sections. Some of these are designed to be installed right over the existing roof eliminating the need to remove the old roof first. Some manufacturers have simplified the installation process by designing the panels with a plug and play system. The panel to panel electrical connections for these systems are tool free needing only to be connected to each other with handy plugs.
In fact having a solar roof panel can even cause your meter to spin backwards. This means that the utility companies have to pay you. The amount that you are paid is equal to the same rate at which they charge for energy. This could eliminate your utility bill completely. If one of the reasons you are looking to switch to renewable energy is because you are concerned about the environment. You will be happy to know that by generating electricity from a solar roof panel you will help reduce greenhouse gas emission. You may not think that your solar roof panel system on your single house makes that much of a difference but you may be wrong. A simple 3kW solar system reduces carbon dioxide emissions very close to the amount of carbon dioxide emissions given off by a passenger car traveling 8000 miles per year.
One of the first things you should consider is placement. Where will the solar roof panel receive the most amount of sunlight? Facing the panels south is the best choice for optimum energy. Never face them to the north. You should make sure that you check with your local building department before you install the panels. Some areas require you to have a special building permit. Make sure you tilt the solar roof panel in relation to the latitude in which you live. There is a rule of thumb to follow for efficiency. 0-15 degrees latitude: 15 degree tilt 15-25 degrees latitude: tilt degree = same as latitude degree 25-40 degrees latitude: tilt degree = latitude degree + 5 degrees 40+ degrees latitude: tilt degree = latitude degree + 20 degrees