How to Install Solar Panels: A Step-By-Step Guide

Solar install in New Braunfels, TX

Solar energy is the fastest-growing renewable energy resource in the world. With the cost of solar panels falling, more and more people are installing them on their homes. If you’re thinking of going solar in South Central Texas, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

Choose the Right Location

You’ll want to pick a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and is free of obstructions like trees or buildings. Your roof is usually the best location, but if it doesn’t get enough sun or it’s too shaded, you may want to consider installing solar panels on a ground-mounted system.

Calculate Your Energy Needs

The amount of energy you use will determine the size of the solar panel system you’ll need. To calculate your energy needs, look at your past electricity bills and find your average monthly usage.

Consider Battery Storage

Homes use solar energy as it’s produced. In most cases, this means if more solar energy is being produced than being consumed at any given moment, the excess is sold back to your electricity provider and goes onto the grid—unless you have a battery storage solution. Battery storage allows the excess energy to be stored for use at a later time like during an outage or when the sun isn’t shining. This means you could actually use your solar energy at night, lessening the amount of electricity you have to purchase each month even more!

Get Solar Panel Quotes

Once you know how much energy you’ll need and if you’d like to pair solar panels with battery storage, you can start shopping around for quotes. GVEC delivers free consultations and estimates from non-commissioned Solar Sales Specialists. They will listen to your needs, answer all your questions and custom-design a system that meets your expectations.

Install the Solar Panels

Once you’ve selected a solar panel system, it’s time to install it. You’ll need to enlist professional installers like those from GVEC Electrician Services to do the job. We provide a full, start-to-finish experience with our in-house team of licensed electricians. We obtain all necessary permits, homeowner association approvals and give you the tools you need to easily monitor your energy production once installation is complete.

The benefits of our start-to-finish installation include:

  • Proper permits and code compliance
  • Guaranteed workmanship
  • Warranty coverage

Enjoy Your Solar Energy Savings

After your solar panel system is installed, you’ll start seeing savings on your electricity bills. You may also be eligible for federal tax credits, like the 26% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) on total installation costs. (The ITC is expected to drop to 22% in 2023.)

Thinking Solar? Think GVEC!

Are you in South Central Texas and thinking about making the switch to solar? With locations in Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, and Cuero, GVEC Electrician Services offers solar and electrician services to help you save on your energy bills. We have an experienced team of installers who will get your solar panel system up and running in no time. We’re Tesla Certified Installers of Powerwall battery storage. We also handle, electrical wiring and upgrades, interior and exterior lighting, and whole-home surge protection Contact us today to learn more about our services.