ElectricAL main panel
The electrical main panel (EMP) is a component of your home’s electrical system that provides connectivity to your electric utility, distribution of electricity to the different circuits in your home, and protection from short circuits or overload conditions. Your solar system needs to be connected to the EMP to maximize energy usage. The energy generated through EMP can be supplied to your home or be exported to the electric grid.
EMPs are designed to handle a given amount of current and a fixed type of circuit breakers. Your EMP may have issues depending on when your home was built, or the type of EMP installed. Your EMP may be outdated, have a limited current capacity, or have limited space for additional circuit breakers. If this is the case, you will need to upgrade the EMP prior to or during your solar system installation. Electrical panel replacement or upgrades will also prevent your house from possible electrical fires.
If the house is more than ten years old, then the electrical panel upgrade and maintenance is essential. Today the number of electrical equipment and gadgets in homes is quite high. The electric panel upgrade includes the EMP, labor and materials, required permits and inspections, and wall/stucco finishing. Electrical panel replacements or upgrades should be performed by professional electricians as there is always live electricity even when shut off.
If required, electrical panel upgrades will allow connectivity of the solar system and provide the capability to handle more current and add more circuit breakers. Upgrading the EMP may also facilitate the installation of a larger solar system, a solar panel upgrade, additional storage batteries, or an electric vehicle charging outlet.
The electrical panel replacement will be installed in the same location as the original panel. We could also flush-mount the new panel into the wall for better aesthetics. Electric panel upgrades may be required if considering a solar panel upgrade to some of the higher-efficiency solar panel products.
To meet local electrical code, for example, maintaining a minimum distance from a gas line, trench work may be required.
If required, the cost for an electric panel upgrade is small when compared to the benefits. This is especially true if you are considering adding more electric capacity, an electric vehicle charging outlet, or storage batteries.
Costs related to electrical panel upgrade or required for solar system installation are considered part of the solar system cost. Thus, these costs are eligible for the Federal Investment Tax Credit.
LA Solar Group is a CSLB C-10 licensed electrical contractor in addition to being a CSLB C-46 licensed solar contractor. This dual qualification enables us to provide an integrated solution that is designed, installed, and supported by a single company that you can trust.
Please contact us via phone, email, or by completing the contact form. One of our consultants will work with you to create the best solution that fits your needs.