Use the Sun's Power with Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the most efficient and cost effective alternatives to grid–provided electricity available. More than ever before, photovoltaic solar panels offer an efficient and increasingly affordable source of renewable electricity.

How Solar Installation Works

Solar installation can be done in a number of ways. While it is preferable to install solar panels on the roof of your home where they are likely to receive the most sunlight, it is not necessary in every situation. Sometimes, due to trees or other obstructions, freestanding poles or racks of solar panels make more logistical sense than roof mounted panels. Because solar panels need to be mounted facing south, it is best to consult with a contractor about the best location for them before installation.

Another consideration is the number of panels you will have installed. A single square meter of sunlight produces 1,000 watts of energy, and a standard PV panel will absorb and output between 15–20% of that. Therefore, on average, a single square meter of PV panel will net you between 150 and 200 watts of electricity. An energy evaluation will allow you to determine how much electricity your home uses (the average is around 1,000 kilowatt hours per month).

Grid–tied Solar Systems

Because of this, most homeowners will have a grid–tied solar system that supplements the electricity they receive from the power company. While this will not necessarily reduce your energy consumption to zero and eliminate your power bill, a grid tied solar system allows you to sell electricity back to the power company when you produce more than you use. For example, when you are on vacation or during the spring and fall months when less electricity is used for heating and cooling, you can earn credits on your bill to offset times of heavier use.

Installing Photovoltaic Solar Panels

If you decide solar is the right match for your home, you need a contractor that can properly evaluate the site and design a solar system that fits your particular needs. Because your solar system will be integrated into the electrical grid, the contractor should also be a licensed electrician with specific experience working on solar panels.

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