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Solar panels DIY installation?

Question asked by Angus

Can I install solar panels on the roof of my business myself or is it necessary to have them professionally installed?

response from John Englund

Most solar panel suppliers will offer professional installation as part of the purchasing package, though it is possible to do it yourself as longs you adhere to a few simple rules, most important of which is to install your panels on a south-facing surface. You may also want to install a solar tracking system which follows the sun, because the tilt of your roof affects the number of hours of sunlight your panels will be exposed to each day. But installing these systems is complex and better left o professionals. But if you go with a simpler system there are several Do It Yourself (DIY) installation kits available. This is an especially viable option if your solar panels are only for backup power or if you are not interested in cashing in on the fiscal benefits of generating solar energy. If on the other hand you do want to take advantage of the government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme for solar panels then your panels and the person who installs them needs to be accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), a quality assurance scheme that guarantees adherence to rigorous industry standards.