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The key pieces in a solar panel installation, movies style

In researching all that’s part of going solar – the costs, the benefits, the installers (specifically Power Home Solar!) – you may not know exactly what happens when it’s time to get the system on your property. If this article is the Internet Movie Database of solar installation, here are the main actors of your solar system and their biographies.

The panels. Of course the solar panels play the lead role! Without them, there’s no energy to harvest. The panels Power Home Solar installs are American made, measure approximately 66 inches x 40 inches and come with a 25-year warranty. The number of panels you get depends on the amount of electricity you want your solar panels to offset your power bill. The number also depends on the amount of roof space you have, and whether you can place the panels in a spot where enough sunlight can be had for optimal generation.

The racking system. Call these racks the best supporting actors. For rooftop systems, your solar panels are attached to metal racks and won’t go anywhere. For asphalt shingle roofs, holes are predrilled into the rafters, and quick bolts are then used to secure the brackets to the rafters. For metal roofs, brackets are placed over the humps/ribs of the roof and then fastened with screws, with no need for the brackets to be attached to the rafters. The strength of the raised metal means the brackets that hold the roof panels will be secure. All brackets are treated with sealant to prevent leaks.

If you have a ground-mounted system, the pillars that hold the racking system that hold your panels are held in place with concrete. They too are not going anywhere.

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The inverter. Think of the inverter as the director. This is the device that converts the direct current electricity that your solar panels produce into the alternating current electricity that your home uses. The inverter is contained in a box that’s attached to the side of your home and will be placed near your other metering equipment. The inverter also tracks performance of your system, and that tracking can even be done online. You’ll never have to guess how your panels are doing. It’s pretty great.

The energy efficiency package. Think of this as the visual effects portion of the install. If you’re going solar, it makes sense to get only as much solar as you need. You’ll need fewer solar panels by making your home as efficient as possible. That’s why, with every install, we offer customers additional blown insulation in their attic, a hot water heater blanket, a Nest thermostat, LED light bulbs and an attic tent. All those things help to reduce the amount of electricity you’ll need to power your home. These things are visual effects because they are additional reminders you’ll see throughout your home that indicate how you’re saving money on your power bill.

Power Home Solar, which serves four U.S. markets (Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia) wants to be the company you choose to go solar. With our innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.

Please feel free to fill out our handy form below or contact Power Home at 1-800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.

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