Technology Selection: Solar panels come in a variety of physical sizes, power outputs, voltages, etc. Green State Power will choose the panel technology that best suits the customer, location, and project. Other equipment such as inverters, racking, disconnect switches, and combiner boxes are carefully selected to produce the most efficient solar system with the highest power output at the best possible price.
Solar Array Design
Solar panels offer the greatest output when facing south, however a roof facing southeast or southwest is still a great location for solar panels with only a small decrease in power. Green State Power will design the array to maximize the solar energy, taking into account roof angle, direction of panels, and all nearby obstacles to minimize shading. Roof loading, wind loading, and the way in which the racking is secured are all factors that are considered when the Green State Power team is designing the system.
Green State Power will first install the racking system that the solar panels will be secured to. These systems are extremely versatile and provide GSP the ability to install solar panels on almost any roof or ground surface. Almost all racking systems Green State Power installs will be fixed tilt, without the ability to move and track the sun throughout the day. While a tracking system will produce more energy, the additional costs of installing and maintaining this type of system usually outweigh its benefits.
Once the racking has been attached to the roof, Green State Power will mount the panels using clamps. All metal objects throughout the system are all grounded for safety and protection.
Inverter and Wiring Installation
When the panels are in place and securely fastened to the racking system, Green State Power will then make the electrical connections to finalize the system. The panels are connected to the inverter, and the inverter to the home or buildings circuit breaker panel.