How to Install a Solar Home Grid Tie How to Install a Solar Home Grid Tie
Having a solar home has more advantages than just being a greener power solution; they allow you to pay lower electrical bills and they do not pollute the air. Plus it really is free energy in both cost (except for start up cost) and you do not need to depend on foreign oil or gas. However, the weather effects how much energy you will get. That is why so many people use solar grid ties, so they still are tied to the electrical grid if it is needed to be used.
So here is how you can install a solar home grid tie.
Warning: Make sure to follow and read all safety precautions that come from the manufacture. Also, be careful with batteries and do not exposed any part of the grid tie inverter to snow or water.
Step 1: Check With Local Authorities
Not every town or state allow uses of grid tie inverters, so make the right calls around to check first. Some may also require a permit, so find out where and how to get one.
Step 2: Do Your Math
While most inverters are not typical batteries, they still will need to be charged. So crunch some numbers to figure out what charger you will need. You will also need to crunch some numbers to find out the type of cord your solar home grid tie will need. Refer to owners manuals and if you cannot find any info there, contact customer support either by phone or Internet.
Step 3: Buy
Most grid tie kits are self-install type, so they will come with pretty much everything you will need. They normally cost around $300 each, but they are complete kits(minus charger and cord). You may also find out what tools you will need to use. Each brand and size will likely differ in what tools that will be needed to be used. You should also buy your cord and charger around the same time.
Step 4: Read Through Owners' Manual & Installation Guide
You should take the time out to read through the manual and installation guide once before you begin the process. Highlight any important info or recommendations that they give you.
Step 5: Prepare
Keeping the manual and installation guides handy, go ahead and bring your tools to the area you will install it. Make sure the area is dry and will say away from extreme elements.
Step 6: Installing
Choose the area that you wish to mount and install the device on. Then attach it to the wall and make sure that it will be secure.
Next install the off/on switch. Make sure to follow their instructions on how to install it properly, as it will vary from product to product.
Now you will need to ground it, they should already have the wire for you to use. Just read and follow carefully so you do not get shocked.
After that, you will connect that DC output. Again, make sure to follow what they tell you; you are dealing with high voltage and one wrong move can cause major damage to you and your home.
You will need to connect AC output next.
After you do all that, you can now attach the DC cables.
Once all those steps are done, it should be have had any issues installing, questions or doubts you should contact a professional to come out and out and set it up for you.