When building your new home, planting a tree in the yard or adding smaller trees along your landscaping helps to quickly beautify your property. When adding trees to your property (or choosing to keep existing trees), consider the size of the tree in 25-30 years. Could it potentially shade your roof or ground solar array […]
If you are considering solar+storage or simply adding a battery at a later date, you will want to leave 5′ of extra wall space on either side of the load center. Don’t forget to take into account space for the inverter next to the load center which requires an additional recommended 4′ of wall space.
The solar array inverter will be connected to your home internet service for online monitoring. We recommend placing your internet router adjacent to your load center to ease the communications install and connectivity.
Leave about 4′ of wall space inside the home on either side of the electrical load center for placement of the solar array inverter. Additionally, leave about 3′ of exterior wall space on either side of the utility meter for placement of the utility disconnect required for your solar array.
To ensure a simple connection in the load center, we recommend installing a 225A Square D Homeline load center, with a 200A main breaker. The solar breaker is a two pole breaker and will need two free slots on the opposite end of the bus bar from the main breaker. Approximately 90% of all standard-sized […]
If you plan to build a ground-mounted solar array after your new home is complete, prepare a section of your property to be flat (if possible) with an approximate pad of 50′ x 20′ for a typical residential array. This will help save money on installation time and ensure your array is installed to achieve […]
If you plan to install a ground-mounted solar array once your new home is complete, try to keep all public and private utility lines out of the trench path from the array location to the utility meter. This will help reduce labor cost and ensure a safe work area.
Planning the placement of conduit during the new home construction process is a great idea and can save you money on the installation of your solar array. Installing a 2″ metallic conduit from the attic to the location of your electrical load center will allow for DC wiring to be easily installed from your roof-mounted […]
When designing your new home, a 7/12 roof pitch with a larger portion of southern exposure is optimal for a roof-mounted solar array. Systems can be installed on various roof pitches as well as east or west-facing roofs. In doing so, more panels are often required to achieve the best performance to reach your energy […]