As solar energy continues to grow in adaptation and popularity, many homeowners in Texas are considering installing solar panels on their roofs.
Among the top questions that often arises is whether or not their electrical panel needs upgrades to accommodate the solar system. The short answer is that it depends on your current panel and the size of your solar system.
Generally, older electrical panels could struggle to handle a solar system's increased electrical load. And this shortcoming can lead to safety issues such as overheating, circuit overload, or potentially electrical fires.
Another factor is that outdated panels may fail to meet current building codes and safety standards. For example, Another factor is that outdated panels may not meet current building codes and safety standards. For instance, in recent years, the National Electrical Code (NEC17) introduced several new requirements for electrical panels, including:
Increased Clearance Space
Additional Safety Features
Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)
Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
Homes with older panels likely don't meet these new requirements, which can pose a safety risk for homeowners and their families.
Additionally, the electrical requirements of the modern home are much higher than in years past due to high-end appliances and electronics. Upgrading to a newer, safer panel can ensure that a home meets current building codes and safety standards while improving electrical performance.
If your home has an older electrical panel or one already at or near capacity, you'll likely need to upgrade your panel to accommodate a solar system. Doing so will ensure that your system runs smoothly and safely and that you can fully enjoy the benefits of solar energy.
However, an upgrade may be unnecessary if your panel is relatively new and has enough capacity to accommodate your solar system.
Upgrading your electrical panel for solar may seem like a daunting task, but it is worth the investment. In addition to ensuring the safety and efficiency of your solar system, an upgraded panel can increase the value of your home and improve your overall energy efficiency.
If you are considering installing a solar system in your home, contact a professional at Electric Medics to evaluate your existing panel. We can help you determine if an electrical panel upgrade is necessary and guide you through the installation process from start to finish.
We offer a range of electrical services, including electrical panel upgrades. Our team of experienced professionals can assess your electrical panel and guide the best course of action to ensure the safety and efficiency of your solar system. Contact us today to get a quote on our services and discover how we can help you tap into the power of solar energy.