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Installing a Solar Electric System: Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

Solar electricity is a top choice for providing clean energy, and thanks to lower prices in getting a system up and running, consumer demand for this alternative keeps rising. This program explains exactly how to install a solar electric system, with segments on determining where to place the panels or modules; proper installation of both the mechanical and electrical components; testing the system, including grounding and voltage; and what to review with the homeowner in terms of the system’s operation and maintenance. The video also advises on OSHA safety regulations for rooftop and electrical work, and offers smart building tips to increase the system’s efficiency. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Shopware Production. A part of the series Residential Energy Efficiency Projects. (12 minutes)  

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Getting Started
First evaluate the side by using a solar pathfinder to determine if shading is a problem. Once true south has been determined, look at latitude and roof slope to determine the optimal tilt and position of panels.