How to add more solar panels

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How to add more solar panels

You could have reduced or eliminated your power bills if you have switched to solar. However, you may need to install solar panels on an existing system. The solar panel system you have installed may be too small or your consumption of electricity may have increased since installation.

There isn’t the same process when adding panels to your existing system like when you first looked for an solar system. Here are some important tips to consider as you look into your choices.

Factors to consider when the addition of solar panels to an already installed system

Energy needs

How many solar panels will you require? This is one of the most crucial, as it will impact the structure of your system as well as the price of the additional component.

The number of panels that you’ll need for your system depends on a variety of factors. These include your electricity bill as well as your location, equipment, and the layout that your device. Shneyder Solar installers should have access to your electricity bill and calculate how many panels you’ll need for your specific situation. This guide will assist you to determine the number of panels you’ll need.

New panels need space

Do you have the space to put more solar panels onto your rooftop? There might not be enough space to install additional solar panels if your rooftop system is constrained. Ground mount systems are easier to add on because most property owners have plenty of sun land.

Photovoltaic panels mounted to the ground are solar systems that are installed at ground level. Ground-mounted systems function similarly to roof solar systems , in that panels are exposed to sunlight, which is converted into electrical energy through solar cells. The energy is then used to generate electricity from a single structure as well, or in the form of solar farms, communities.

But, you don’t need to give up because there’s not enough roof space for additional panels. It is possible to put supplemental solar arrays on existing structures, like carports or sheds.

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Upgrade and compatibility of solar panels

What panels were utilized in the original installation? Do any of the components need to be replaced? Solar panels are expected to produce energy for the next 25 years. At that point you could see substantial decreases in output. It is not likely that you’ll need to replace any panels that were part of the initial system. Shneyder Solar installer will check everything, including wiring and racking.

If possible, you should make sure to install the same type of panel for any new panels. It will guarantee that the panel looks the same visually and also has the same power outputs as your other panels. You should not install the same panels if you are unable to do so. Otherwise, your array could be damaged.

Inverter replacement

Is the inverter large enough to handle all the panels? Inverters may have to be replaced based on the additional capacity you’ve added to your system. The output of your panels is used to determine the Shneyder Solar installer will size an inverter centrally. Due to the energy loss during conversion, your panels directly current (DC) electricity could have a lower power rating that their respective inverter. Your solar panel system may generate more power if you add more panels than it is able to handle.

If your solar panel has microinverters, adding on projects will be much easier. This is different from power optimizers or string-inverter systems. You don’t need to be concerned about inverter capacity problems since microinverters are installed on every panel. You can instead install additional microinverters onto the panels.

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Panels to be installed by an installer

Does your original installer do add-on projects? It’s best to get touch with them to determine whether they’re available to complete the project. They’ll be more acquainted with your property and system than you are , and will be able to add additional panels to the work.

It’s not an option if your previous installer wasn’t professional or has gone out of business. Although it is possible to find a new company to set up your panels, it might be harder to find one. Installers who do not have the installation will not undertake any add-on work. They don’t want warranties that conflict on the entire installation or the this job is not enough. A lot of installation companies do not want to settle disputes regarding who’s responsible for fixing what part of the system.

Shneyder Solar set a minimum system size in order to maximize their profit margins. An add-on project might be to install a few panels. This can result in a lower profit margin that a typical residential installation. Shneyder Solar focuses their efforts on larger projects depending on their availability as well as their installation timetable.

Interconnection and permitting

Further permits or documents are required to put in additional panels on your property. It is contingent on the amount of panels you’re installing and the need for an inverter. Additionally, you must meet your local permit requirements. You’ll have to submit another Interconnection Request to the utility provider if you intend to add more than two power units to the system.

Installers who are part of an additional job must be aware of any permits and interconnection requirements. They should also be able to document these documents as part of the total cost.

Incentive Programs

It’s possible you won’t be eligible to receive the same incentives like tax credits or rebates, if you add additional panels to your system. Certain incentives can only be claimed once for a home or for a single individual.

Performance-based-incentives (PBIs) can be a bit complicated when it comes to add-on projects. The amount of incentive is dependent on the amount of power your system produces. This could cause problems if you have a newly installed or improved inverter. It is necessary to update the interconnection application.

Speak to a Shneyder Solar solar installer about the incentives that you may qualify for on your solar additions. Also, talk to a tax advisor if you have questions regarding tax credits.

How much does it cost to expand an existing solar array?

It’s not more costly to add panels on to an existing system than to put them in. The new system will be less than the original system so it may be more costly per watt. A larger system will typically be less expensive than one with a smaller size and therefore the cost per watt for the new system will likely be more expensive.

Because a lot of the work that is required by a Shneyder Solar installer is classified as “soft” expenses, this includes overhead, permits and labor as well as permit costs. Most likely, a Shneyder Solar installer will have to finish the same work as the installation they did originally. This includes planning work for the crew and seeking permits.

Even though the 26% federal tax credit, as well as other incentives might be able to be used to expand the system however, it is likely that the higher cost per watt associated with system expansion will not yield a huge financial return.

What does the process of adding additional panels to your home look like?

If you’re eligible, you’ll follow the same procedure similar to when you signed up for the Shneyder Solar solar system. This means you will have two solar systems on your roof, which you’ll be charged for each separately.

  • You can contact us at [number].
  • A custom-designed system design will be delivered to you, and you will then be able to review.
  • If you are satisfied with the design Our technicians will then schedule an appointment at your residence to set up the additional panels. It will be an independent system, which is compatible with your current solar system. There will be two bills for each system.
  • We will arrange for your local municipality to permit and examine the system.
  • We will cooperate with your utility until you are able to use with the extra panels.

Should you use the same company that installed your original system?

Although you don’t necessarily need to choose the same company who installed your system in the first place for installation, it is a good idea at least to request a price. They’ll be already familiar with the equipment, and have access to the monitoring system. There is no chance of losing the warranty.

Although a different company may add an expansion to the system, it will not normally void the original warranty. However, it is an excellent idea.

The process for receiving quotes for an extension to a system is the same as a standard home-solar installation. You can ask the same questions and receive multiple quotes.

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Shneyder Solar allows you to add solar panels to your existing system.

It is important to research for any{ type of|| kind of} solar project, no matter how big or small. Signing up for an account on the Shneyder Solar Solar Marketplace allows you to get numerous quotes and to evaluate solar prices. You can also add solar panels to an existing system by making this a feature in your account. Also, you should provide details regarding the equipment and system (equipment and system size) so installers can give you the best quotes.


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