Solar power is gaining momentum in the current scenario. The reason behind this is increased use of solar photovoltaic panels in apartments, health centres, offices and community centres. Most of the lifts, generators, gyms in these blocks are now powered by photovoltaic plants in Surat.

What’s cherry on the cake is the subsidy announced by the government on the installation of a solar rooftop panel atop a house to promote green energy.

Making solar energy affordable to everyone in Surat, the municipal corporation is aiming at 10k plus homes shortly.

Citizens of Surat can now get a rooftop solar plant of 1KV capacity for 23810 instead of 43000 due to the government subsidies. A person shall thus recover the installation cost in nearly 42 months with minimal expenditure of maintenance.

Here’s a quick guide of how you can install a rooftop solar panel atop your houses.

Step 1: Engineering the installation

An engineer will swing by your property once you enter into a contract with your installer to evaluate the electrical status of your home and ensure everything is compatible with your new energy system.

The installation team will evaluate your property to consider system size, roof type, angle of roof, shading, etc. before the actual installation.

Since the mounting structure provides the base for the entire solar system, it is necessary to make sure it is sturdy and adequately fastened to the rooftops of the houses or commercial establishment. A typical mounting structure is made up of aluminium.

The performance of the solar panels depends upon the direction in which these panels are placed. The best direction to set up solar panels is south since here they receive the maximum sunlight.

Step 2- Documentation

It’s always a good idea to know what’s going on behind the scenes of your solar installation. Most of this paperwork is dealt with by the installer company itself. Besides, applying for incentives, you will need to fill out other paperwork like building permits, state required paperwork etc.

If you’re eager to get your panel system up and running immediately, just make sure to follow through with your installer to check on the progress of your official paperwork.

Step 3: Ordering the equipment

Durability, efficiency and aesthetics are the primary factors most homeowners will use to compare the various brands (other than price).

To be sure that you’ve chosen the right equipment for your system, spend some time researching. Once you are through with the ordering process, the big day of installation is near!

Step 4: Installation

The actual installation will start by prepping the roof and making sure the shingles or tiles are appropriately attached.

The electrical wiring that will connect to the electrical panel and the overall power system is put through. After the electrical wiring is complete, the installer will commence racking to support the panels.

Once the racking is level and safely attached, the panels are placed onto the racking. Finally, your inverters are connected to the panels to convert direct current (DC) energy into the alternating current (AC) energy used in homes and on the electric grid.

Step 5: Going solar!

Once the installation gets a nod to use, post all inspections and approvals, your solar interconnection is ready to go live!

Why go solar
Why go solar

Power your own way with solar.

Solar energy is lauded as an inexhaustible power fuel that is pollution- and often noise-free. The technology is also versatile and easily obtainable.

With so much to gain, tell us in comments below when are you going green with solar energy?

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