To get an idea of what to expect from a reputable installer below are some high-quality solar system installation photos, as well as some things to keep an eye out for when your solar power system and panels are being installed.
Solar panel installations
- The panels should be lined up nicely
- The rails cut nice and short
- UV resistant conduit protecting the cabling between the rows
- Be aware of black cables being exposed to the sun
- Panels should not be necessarily close to the ridge so that they catch the wind
Rails nice and neat, shouldn’t be longer than say 15cm, panels line up nicely
- All cabling is neat and out of the way, so they don’t catch on anything or are easily exposed
- Plenty of ventilation to the sides and especially above the inverter, generally at least 20cm
- No direct sunlight on them between about 8am-4pm
- UV resistant conduit protecting the cabling
- Warning labels attached
- Inverters and isolators aren’t placed where they are exposed to direct sunlight for long durations of time.
- All parts, especially isolators, don’t have any electrically exposed entries from the top that could fill or be damaged by rain
- Your inverter is set to detect if something goes wrong
- The garage is the best location for the inverter if possible
Ideally, the inverter should be in a location where you pass by often so you can see if the warning light is on, which may indicate that there’s a problem with the system.