What’s Involved with DIY Solar?

If you can use a tape measure, a socket wrench and a drill you can install your own solar electric system There are four major installation tasks; racking, modules, inverter(s) and wiring.

Racking installation consists of finding the first rafter for locating the first standoff (our Technical Director will help), marking the locations for all other standoffs, drilling and installing all standoffs using lag screws, installing rails, and bonding and grounding all rails.

Inverter installation includes either mounting microinverters or optimizers (when necessary for shade control) to the rails under each module, or mounting a string inverter on a wall. Conduit is run from the solar array to the inverter or breaker panel and wire is run to ground the inverter(s). Conduit bending is an art you likely don’t possess, so we do that task for you.

Module installation consists of mounting the module to the rails and plugging them in.

The electrical connection is simply a circuit breaker backfeeding your home or business through an existing breaker panel. If you prefer, we can supply an electrician – or instructions for your own electrician – to make the connections.

Utah Applied Solar Energy, LLC  2015