After researching the various benefits of having solar power, especially the environmental benefits, you may have decided that you are ready to go ahead and convert your home over to the new system. If you have some knowledge of working with electrical systems, you may be thinking about doing the installation yourself.
However, unless you have the proper training, license and accreditation, you should forego the idea of wiring the panels to your home's current electrical system. There are a couple of reasons why you should instead have an accredited electrician install the system for you.
1. Increases Safety While Working with Direct Current (DC) Electricity
One reason why you should hire an accredited electrician to install your home's new solar-powered system instead of doing it yourself is that it is much safer. When working with home wiring, the electricity used is alternating current (AC). While still dangerous to work with, you can generally use minimal safety protocols to work on the wiring.
However, when installing solar panels, the electricity used to connect them to your home's wiring system is direct current (DC). Direct current typically yields a higher voltage, and it needs additional skill and tools to work around so that electrocution and fires do not happen. Having a professional helps to decrease these possibilities and increase safety during the installation.
2. Allows You to Qualify for Available Government Rebates for Using Solar Power
Another reason why you want to hire an electrician who has the proper accreditation for installing solar systems is that doing so allows you to qualify for any government rebate programs for using such systems in your area. Because you will be connecting to the solar power grid, they require that a professional do the installation instead of you doing it yourself.
When searching for an electrician, ask if they have received their accreditation from the Clean Energy Council (CEC). The CEC is Australia's governing body when it comes to using and installing solar-powered systems, and having an electrician who is accredited by them will qualify you for the rebates.
Although you could install your own solar panels, doing so increases your risk of being seriously injured and may negate your qualifications for receiving rebates from the government. Instead, consider hiring a professional who is fully accredited to the job. Contact a professional who installs solar power systems to discuss your options and the process for having the work completed.
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Steve. After studying a lot of books on electrical codes and watching a great deal of videos online, I actually rewired my entire home. In this blog, I plan to give you tips on wiring, electrical safety and more. I also plan to write interesting facts about electricity, but don't expect this blog to be just about electricity--I love tech and other home improvements as well, so you may see posts related to that. Interested in learning? Then, take a look through these posts. I hope they ignite a spark of excitement in you.