Adding solar to your house is not the easiest home improvement project. You cannot simply nail solar modules to your roof and wait for the sun to power up your full-size, stainless steel, dual-tap kegerator. You need an inverter to change the sun’s energy (DC) into your kegerator’s energy (AC). If you want to run your kegerator during power outages (which of course you would), you need batteries and additional power control components. Oh, and you need to know how to wire the whole system on par with electricity codes and energy regulations.
It is a lot of variables to consider and this can deter homeowners. Solar systems are not do-it-yourself projects – Pinterest has thousands more pins about Mod Podge-ing your iPhone than it does about installing residential solar systems. Renewable power systems require careful considerations, but professional solar installers will do this for you! It is easy to install solar when you hire a professional.
The number of available solar professionals is rising because the number of solar installations grew 76% in 2012. More installers are entering the solar industry to earn a part of the growing business. They often learn through specialized training organizations like NABCEP – the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Schneider Electric has worked with NABCEP for years and trained numerous installers on its solar inverters. Early in March, we sponsored NABCEP’s 2nd Annual Continuing Education Conference in Sacramento, CA and had the pleasure of assisting installers with their specific system installation questions.
So step 2 of this formula is to hire a professional solar installer using reliable Schneider Electric solar power products. Step 1 is to feel passionate about renewable power. You need to fully appreciate the financial, ecological, and political benefits of solar energy. This is step 1 because it will drive your entire project. Just ask Scott Phillips, the host of “The American Woodshop,” who recently filmed his solar system installation (it uses a Conext TX inverter!). Scott’s passion for using solar power coupled with his expert installation team resulted in a successful project. Watch the episode yourself here (fast forward to 6:33).
Feel the passion + Enlist an expert => Best solar project ever.