The Essentials of Planning Your Solar Power System

Harnessing solar energy to power your home is a great way to cut energy costs. To get your solar power system right, you have to spend time planning to determine how much energy you need to generate.

Assess Your Climate for Solar Power Use

Good solar designers assess climate particulars to enhance system performance. Climate includes elements such as temperature, precipitation, and wind speed, among other things. When determining whether [more…]

Evaluating Solar Power Options: Plotting Your Sun Chart

Plotting a sun chart tells you how much direct sunlight you can expect over the course of a day so you can determine whether solar power is a viable option where you live. Sun charts are easy to plot and [more…]

Deciding Where to Mount Your Solar Panels

After assessing your solar power needs and the amount of solar gain you can expect, you can turn your attention to mounting your solar collectors to gather as much sunlight as possible. You always have [more…]

Installing a Solar Power System for Your Home

Installing a solar system to power your home is an involved process. Even though you'll be hiring a professional, it helps to understand what's going on. Expect the entire process of installing a full-scale [more…]

Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Solar Power System?

You could install your own photovoltaic (PV) solar power system. Many self-installed systems work just fine, and the owners are happy with the results. On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons to [more…]

What You Need to Go Off the Grid

Off-grid solar PV systems are expensive, so find any means you can to reduce the energy requirements. Most off-grid houses use a wide range of energy resources, in sharp contrast to the typical all-electric [more…]

How Large Does Your Solar Power System Need to Be?

Switching to solar power can require a substantial outlay of money. At a minimum, you need to determine the following in order to get a good idea how much your standalone photovoltaic [more…]

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