Many people begin their research by asking common questions like, "how much does it cost?" or "I have a 3 bedroom, 2,300 square foot home, how much solar do i need?" or simply with "what is the best solar panel?". In case you are wondering, the simple answers are it's free, you don't need too much, and the best solar panel is the one you are going to buy. But the real answers require a little deeper evaluation.
Here are 4 easy steps to determine if solar panels are right for you. Learn how much energy you use today and calculate how much solar power you need. Discover if your home or property qualifies for cost-effective energy production. Then learn how to compare brands and get price quotes to estimate the cost of your solar system. Start with Step 1, or follow the links below to jump to a topic of interest. For beginners, here is a primer that describes HOW SOLAR POWER WORKS.
Here you will determine if your roof or property is big enough and has the right conditions for a solar power system. Understanding your roof will also provide direction about the equipment that may be suitable for your installation. We can usually help with this by looking at your property on google or other satellite maps.
Choosing the right solar equipment is very important because the components often last for 25 years or longer. Covering modules, inverters, mounting, optional batteries and charge controllers, you will learn about the essential components for a complete solar power system.
With so many numbers and a lot of industry jargon, it is easy to get confused when considering solar power. Often times the biggest solar panel, or the most expensive, or the recognized brand name does not mean it will generate more power or deliver the best value. Learn how to evaluate the brand, price, performance, technology, compatibility and warranty.