Solar Panels

A Look At What A Solar Panel Installer Does

Solar panel installers play a vital role in the installation and maintenance of solar panels. As trained professionals, solar installers utilize particular skill sets to maximize the effectiveness of both commercial and residential solar installation projects to ensure customer satisfaction. They are responsible for making sure that solar modules are safely attached to the roofs of buildings and ensuring that the system works well.

These professionals are expected to work with both mechanical and electronic tools, to possess basic math skills, and to have good knowledge of electrical wiring. The great thing is that most of them are either electricians or have a background in construction. As a solar panel installer, a professional must always be ready to replace malfunctioning components, repair damaged systems, or solve any solar system related problem at the snap of a finger. As solar panel installation is risky business, considering the high voltage solar panels produce and the heights at which one is required to work with,  safety is a priority.

Solar installers can either be employed by an installations company or self-employed general contractors. Installation companies generally specialize in installing specific types of modules and may provide repair and maintenance services. Self-employed contractors, on the other hand, typically get training and acquire experience installing different solar systems and are generally hired directly by project development firms or property owners.

The Responsibilities Of A Solar Panel Installer

One of the main responsibilities of a solar installer is designing and planning. Before any installation project can commence, a full review of a structure has to be done; and that includes the development of site-specific safety and wellbeing precautions and an audit of the client’s current electrical system. From there, the installer then designs the project based on the structural and shading qualities of the specific site and the type of system to be installed.

Once a project has been designed and specified, permits need to be obtained. If an installer doesn’t do this himself, it is important that he gets familiar with arrangements and permits before work commences.

When the installation process starts, it is the installer’s responsibility to ensure that the required safety equipment like anchor systems and harnesses are set up to protect him from falling. If a roof isn’t well reinforced, the installer will reinforce it to ensure that it supports the solar modules. This could involve replacing rafters, introducing backings to hold the weight of your modules or even upgrading materials.

To ensure that a solar module is properly installed, the installer makes markings that show where each solar module will be set up before drilling holes for the mounting framework. Once the framework is put in place, the panels can then be installed. Caution should be taken during installation since solar modules are costly, delicate, and weigh close to 40 pounds each.

The good thing though is that most installers are professionals who understand how intricate the process and have the experience to get the work done. And if anything should go wrong, the great thing is that most installers are insured – meaning that they can replace anything the break during the installation.