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Solar Electric Panel Manual

Solar Electric Panel Manual

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Published by Fundy Art
Solar Trading Post
This book is written for you, the solar panel buyer. It’s divided into sections, each covering a part of the process of choosing a solar panel.
What is Solar Electric Energy Types of Solar Panels Components Types of Solar Systems Solar Electric vs. Solar Hot Water Sizing and Costing Installing Payback Time Solar Rebates Maintanence & Before You Buy Solar Buyer’s Checklist • How to choose a good solar energy system • The different types of solar energy systems • The advantages
Solar Trading Post
This book is written for you, the solar panel buyer. It’s divided into sections, each covering a part of the process of choosing a solar panel.
What is Solar Electric Energy Types of Solar Panels Components Types of Solar Systems Solar Electric vs. Solar Hot Water Sizing and Costing Installing Payback Time Solar Rebates Maintanence & Before You Buy Solar Buyer’s Checklist • How to choose a good solar energy system • The different types of solar energy systems • The advantages

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©Solar Trading Post LLC 2008
• How to choose a good solar energy system• The different types of solar energy systems• The advantages and disadvantages of each type of solar energy system• What to look for when choosing a solar panel system• How to maximize your solar investment• Where to go to findinformationoncostingandinstallingsolarpower• Where to go to get solar energy rebates• How to choose a solar panel installer• How to maintain your solar panel system
The Home Solar Panel Buyers Manual
This book is written for you, the solar panel buyer. It’s divided into sections, eachcovering a part of the process of chhoosing a solar panel.
What’s in this Manual?
 
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©Solar Trading Post LLC 2008
What isSolar Energy?
It is important that you understand exactly what solar energy is. Wikipedia definessolarenergyas: “energy from the sun in the form of heat and light.” When you use the term solar energy, you are actually referring to two different types of energy:heat and light.Each type of solar panel is designed to work either with the sun’s heat, or the sun’s light.For homeowners today, there are two types of solar panels. These are solar electric (otherwiseknown as photovoltaic.) Solar electric panels work with the sun’s light. Solar electric panelscreate electricity from the sun’s light that can be used to power your appliances – lights, fridge,etc.And there are solar hot water panels. Solar hot water panels use the sun’s heat to heat thewater for your shower, kitchen, etc.
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Here is a description of themechanicsof how photovoltaics work.And another article on photovoltaics.
To check solar panels costs,click hereto visit the Alternative Energy Store
 
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©Solar Trading Post LLC 2008
Types of Solar Electric Panels
SOLAR PANELS – (AKA PHOTOVOLTAICS) 
For most home the panels normally used aresilicon. This technology has been around for the last 50 years. And while efficiencyhascertainlyimproved, the way these panels work has not really changed.
SOLAR TILES
These are simply solar panels, but come in a much more integrated form. Insteadof panels that sit on top of your roof, solar tiles are integrated into the roofingasactualtiles.Tiles are slightly less efficientthanpanels,soyouneedmoreofthemtoproducepower.However,they do the job of roofingaswellasenergyproduction.Thiscanmakethemaverycosteffectiveoption, especially if your house needs re-roofing.What’s in a Solar Electric Panel System?This depends what type of solar panel system you have. The next section explains each type of solar panel system.It’s important to note here that the actual solar panels themselves only make up about 50% of the cost of the whole system. The rest of the cost comes from the other components explained inthe section below.
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