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"The right tool for the job makes all the difference."

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'The right tool for the job makes all the difference'

We've all heard that bit of wisdom thousands of times. And it's no different for a Solar Electric (PV) system installation than for
anything else. Fortunately, most of the tools needed for a PV install are commonly used and easily found. There are very few
highly specialized tools. Below are several lists that describe many of the tools needed for an installation. They are broken out
into functional groups for site assessment, installation and maintenance. Most of the specialized tools fall into the site
assessment and maintenance categories; the installation tools are probably already in your tool box!

Site Assessment Tools

  50-100 ft. tape measure

Solar Pathfinder (evaluates the solar energy potential at a


  Compass (not needed if you're using a Solar Pathfinder)

Maps (reference for location latitude and magnetic


  Digital camera

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Basic Tools Needed for Installation
  Angle finder   Fish tape
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Cordless drill (14.4V or

  Torpedo level  
greater), multiple batteries

  Chalk line   Hole saw

Unibit and multiple drill Torque wrench with deep

bits (wood, metal, masonry) sockets

  Hole punch   Wire strippers

Nut drivers (most common

  PV sizes are 7/16", 1/2",   Needle-nose pliers

  Crimpers   Slip-joint pliers

  Lineman's pliers   Large cable cutters

  Small cable cutters   Hacksaw

Blanket, cardboard or black

plastic to keep modules
  AC/DC multimeter  
from going "live" during
  Tape measure   Caulking gun
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  Heavy duty extension cords   Fuse Pullers

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Additional Tools to Consider (especially for
multiple installations)

  DC clamp-on ammeter   Reciprocating saw / Jig saw

  Large crimpers   Conduit bender

  C-clamps   Pry bar

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Tools for Battery Systems

Hydrometer or Baking Soda (to neutralizer

Refractometer any acid spills)

Small flashlight (to view

    Turkey Baster
electrolyte level)

  Rubber apron   Funnel

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  Rubber gloves   Distilled Water

  Safety goggles   Voltmeter

Introduction to Solar Electricity
How to Size a Deep Cycle Battery Bank
The Role of an Inverter in a Solar Electric System
Electricity Basics
How Many Solar Panels do you need in your Solar Array?
The Big 4: Demystifying Voltages
How to Select an Inverter for Your Needs
National Electric Code and Solar Electric Systems
Installing an Off-Grid Inverter
Load Calculator
Recommended Inverter Cables Sizing and Breakers or Fuses
Should I Wire my Home for AC or DC Loads?

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