Your Questions About Solar Panel Installation

Ken asks…

Does anybody know if there are any courses for solar panel installation, and/or what trades you need for this?

Does anybody know if there are any courses for solar panel installation, and/or what trades you need for this position?

ssadmin answers:

Hey buddy no need to go for a course or so whenever u buy a solar panel a manually comes with it with complete information on how to install a solar panel and you can always go for do it yourself things search on Google you will find the installation way however i can give a basic idea about the same like there would be two major setps one is electrically installation and second is manual also you need to know that you are going for a roof mounted panel or a ground mounted one so for starting Installing a solar panel power station is very easy. There are just a few steps you need to know. First read the information on the solar panels. The information you will require is the maximum wattage, voltage, and amps or amperes.

A solar power system will require solar panels, voltage regulator, and batteries. The most common systems are 12 and 24 volt systems. The voltage regulator needs to be rated above the maximum voltage and current(amps) of the combined solar panels. The batteries will need to be deep cycle and when combined have the capacity to provide the amp hours needed for your situation.

How to Electrically Install your Solar Panels

Each solar panel will be wired to each other in parallel if you have more then one. When you wire in parallel the amps(current) from each panel will add to the total sum of current, but the total voltage stays the same. The voltage must match the rest of your system. For example, if your are using 12 volt solar panels you must be using 12 volt batteries and voltage regulator. Voltage regulator must be rated above maximum voltage and current(amps).

Connect the output from the solar panels to a properly rated regulator, solar panel voltage regulators are rated by maximum voltage and amps, that will shut off the current flow to the batteries once the batteries are sufficiently charged there by preventing damage to the batteries.

The way that you figure the rating needed for the regulator is by adding the maximum amps for each solar panel, this should be listed on the solar panel, and if they are 12 volt panels and they are connected in parallel then max voltage should be around 22 volts. It's the amperes that is most importance when choosing a regulator. For example, a 50 watt 12 volt solar panel will give you around 3.5 amps max output, your voltage regulator needs to be at least rated above this vcalue. Any less and your going to cook the regulator and possible damage your batteries.

Solar panels are very sturdy, it's hard to damage them electrically. On the other hand it's very easy to damage the regulator and batteries. Batteries can explode if connected wrong, so be carefully when working with batteries. Positive to positive and negative to negative.

Hope this will help you

George asks…

looking for a job that deals with solar panel instillation?

I have 20 years experience in welding/plumbing and have decided to go towards the industry dealing with solar panel installation. How can I actually find a job dealing with this sort of mechanics?

ssadmin answers:

Your plumber's credential will be very helpful in getting a job installing solar water heaters. I would suggest looking in the phone book or on the internet for solar companies, and especially looking for water heating. If you can get a job at one of those, you can get on-the-job experience with thermal panels, and some of that expertise will carry over into photovoltaic panels if the time comes for you to branch out. For example, both types want a southern exposure, and certain tilt, and you have the same issues with mounting and avoiding roof vents, chimneys, etc.

Just so you know, unless you own the company, I believe solar installation pays less than plumbing.

Thomas asks…

Solar energy Panel Systems & Installation in California?

I am looking for the residential and commercial solar panels in San Diego, California, Can some one tell me about the best organization or firm who has a best solar energy panel structure to install on affordable price?

ssadmin answers:

Affordable & Custom Solar Solutions by Clary Solar

They offer solar panels and solar power installation services in California and San Diego. From commercial solar panel to residential solar panel installation. They also we provide customized solar solutions with an emphasis on protecting the environment.

Laura asks…

Is there any education or training necessary for Solar Panel and systems installation?

ssadmin answers:

Yes they actually are and suppose to be in high demand.
Im not sure what places provide training but you can search the web. Check out these sites which I listed.
Http://www.bootsontheroof.com/
http://www.solar-courses.co.uk/
http://www.solartwin.com/training.php
http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-197168.0.html
http://www.genersys-solar.com/Training.asp
If the links don't work copy and paste in adress bar.
Good Luck!

David asks…

how do I become a solar panel contractor?

I have a building company in UK and am interested in becoming a solar panel installation contractor

ssadmin answers:

You could start from contacting Solar panels manufacturer. They will give you most of information you need.To start you could ask another Solar Panel company like TudorSolar perhaps if you can offer an interesting deal and you based in different area in the country you could join-up your forces (Again you would have to speak with one of the bosses). You will also need some permission and accreditation to make your business running. Well established website will also be a must. Visit http://www,tudorsolar.com

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