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Do you need to upgrade your electrical panel for a solar installation?
Your home’s electrical panel is often an under appreciated piece of equipment. You probably don’t think about it until something goes wrong. However, you might need to take a closer look at your electrical panel if you decide to install solar panels on your home. Depending on the capacity of your electrical panel and the size of the solar array you install, the panel might need to upgraded. According to HomeAdvisor, the typical cost of a panel upgrade can be anywhere between $500 to $2,000.
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Permits for home solar installation: what you need to know
If you plan to install solar panels on your home, in most cities you will require at least one permit for the project. In many cases, you’ll need multiple permits. That’s not surprising: solar panels involve electrical and structural work, which are usually regulated by local or state codes. You’ll also need permission from your utility company, unless you plan to go completely off the grid. If you live under a homeowners association, you might need their blessing too.