Solar Energy Contractors: Should You Hire One or Not?
A solar photovoltaic (PV) system that consists of 42 panels with a 7000-watt inverter can store enough energy to power up a home at night or through a cloudy day. To maximize the sun’s power, however the PV panels must be installed at the right place. So where exactly is the appropriate spot? This question is just one among the many queries that would run through your mind when presented with the green initiative. If you prefer not to rack your brain for answers and viable solutions, you should take the easy way out and just hire solar energy contractors. What makes doing so a good idea?
- Less headache. If you opt for a self-installed system, will you be able to connect it to the grid? Do you even know what and where a grid is? Then, there is also the matter of the sun’s orientation and the possible obstructions that will keep the PVs from harnessing as much solar power.
- Less paperwork. To have a solar system installed, you need to consult with the building department in your area, have your property inspected, and then acquire the needed permits. You may need to check with your insurance company as well if they cover a self-installed system. Just imagine all the legwork that you need to do.
- Added safety. Can you tell between a positive and negative cable even if both of them are coated black? A much simpler question would be; do you understand electricity and how it works? If you answer nay to both, you should seriously reconsider installing the system yourself. While power is yet to be harnessed, a PV system is not entirely safe, and not knowing where the danger lurks makes it even more dangerous.
- Hassle-free installation. Say you have taken care of the paperwork. Your next concern would be the tools needed for a quick installation, and the knowledge necessary to find solutions and workarounds when faced with a challenge. Without these things, installing a solar system would be a long and tedious process, not to mention less reliable. Can you guarantee that your installation would work or not break down on the next year or so?
Aside from these issues, some distributors of PV panels only sell to licensed solar energy contractors, even the complete kit. With all the hurdles you are likely to face with self installation, you might as well forego the idea and just rely on professionals to carry out the task. Remember that your safety and investment are on the line, and no amount of sun power would be worth risking them.