Today, solar energy isn’t just a whimsical idea to help with your home’s energy, it is fast becoming a viable option as an alternative energy source that continues to improve in performance. Buying solar panels is easier than ever and they are becoming more cost-effective and efficient. The information below will help guide you towards equipment that will meet your expectations and your needs.
Calculate The Solar Energy Potential Of Your Location
The first step in buying solar panels is determining how many peak solar hours are potentially available to your home. Having a better understanding of the amount of sunlight that is available to you will help to determine the type of system you will want to invest in. It can also help verify that a property is capable of generating a reasonable amount of energy. Many factors will influence the potential of a location including local weather, amount of sunlight accessible during peak hours, as well as potential obstructions like trees or terrain.
Determine The Type Of Panels You Wish To Use
Panel designs are not the same, and it should now be determined what balance can be made between the potential solar energy a property receives and the type of equipment that can be used to best collect it. Panels are made from silicon cells, with monocrystalline and polycrystalline designs being the most common. Monocrystalline systems are more efficient but come at a higher price point. Polycrystalline panels are cheaper but will require more room to be as efficient.
If space for photovoltaic panels is limited, you will want the most efficient panels you can afford. Conversely, a lot of room may allow you to go with less efficient polycrystalline cells to keep within a limited budget. Advances in designs, such as the smart panels that adjust cell facing to track with the sun, will provide greater energy generation. Panels are available that absorb energy on both sides of the panel as well.
Learn About Local Systems And Dealers
Once the potential of a property and the type of solar panels to be used are determined, you will want to take a look into what people in your area are using. This can be done by reading reviews online as well as talking to people in your area who have solar energy systems installed. Take advantage of other’s experiences so that your potential system can operate at peak performance.
This resource not only informs you of potential issues that need to be addressed locally, but it will also allow you to get feedback on dealers and installers in the area. Online and in-person contact with previous customers can give you a reasonable gauge to determine which companies to contact and which ones to avoid.
Work To Find The Best Offer
Finally, contact all of the dealerships that passed the previous step. Look for companies that offer the best warranties on the panels as well as guarantees on the installation.