Photovoltaic solar panel and installation guide.
These PV solar panels, also known as photovoltaic systems, are today's solar technology of choice for homeowners across the world.
PV solar panel kits.
MCS-approved components and parts.Schematic
*A-frames are available for a ground-mounted installation.
"When working with heights, electrics and plumbing, always use the correct safety equipment. Use an accredited MCS-installer for a professional install."
MonocrystallineThis PV cell includes thin slices cut from a single crystal of silicon and have a typical efficiency of 15% conversion. Average rating of 250-300 watts per panel.
Health and safety should always be your main priority when self-installing PV solar panels. Work alongside a roofer or MCS-accredited installer to commission the final installation.
1. The need for scaffolding is paramount to create a safe working platform with roofing ladders to help protect the roof surface. A handy tip to help plan the work area is to measure your roof space from the inside of the loft space.
Locating the Inverter next to your planned wire entry area is advisable to keep the wiring length as short as possible. Professional installations have the Inverter fixed within the loft space, but easy access to the isolation switch is also essential.
With your internal measurements in hand, you can plan the location of the PV solar panels on the roof. Keep the edges of the solar panels away from the apex, side and gutter edges as much as possible.
2. Carefully remove individual tiles/slates to fix your roof anchors to the underlying battens while measuring the diagonal distances between the top left and bottom right. This procedure will ensure they are correctly square. Clamp the aluminium 'horizontal rails' while checking they're square before committing to the final clamp down.
The best part of this installation is fixing each photovoltaic panel while connecting in series, routing and securing the wiring as each PV panel is attached to the array. A microfiber cloth is handy to wipe down as you go. Run the wire under the tile or slate, but add additional protection for the cable, so it does not move around and wear down the wires insulation sheaf.
3. Run your wiring down to your Inverter's location. This component can be secured to an additional board to house the Inverter in your desired loft location. Keep the installation along the full distance to a minimum and ensure and protect using 'plastic box guard' along the run if necessary.
Locate the Isolation Switch alongside the main board and check the existing equipment is updated and conforms to modern standards before the connection. The Credit Meter gets installed between the isolation switch and the mains board wire run.
4. Set-up the credit meter settings and double-check all the connections and fixings for standards compliance.
5. Enjoy your first cup of tea made with your PV-powered electricity. You have now joined a growing army of people who benefit from solar panels around the world.Check suitability