How to Buy Solar Panels
Courtesy of AltE: Solar Panels & Solar Energy Gear, http://www.altestore.com/store/ Are you thinking about buying a solar panel system but don't know where to start? You came to the right place! Before we dive in to the specifics of solar panels (a.k.a. PV modules, solar electric panels), let us remind you that energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to reduce your energy foot print and your electrical bills. Please actively explore and incorporate all avenues of efficiency before pursuing a home solar panel system. That being said, solar power is an exciting cleanenergy option that is becoming more and more popular. Solar electricity is a fascinating topic.
What shapes, sizes and types do solar panels come in?
Solar panels vary in length and width and are often about 2 inches thick. They are generally about 30 pounds or less, but the larger solar panels can be cumbersome to carry onto the roof. We carry a wide selection of solar panels for home use: framed, foldable, and rollable.
Framed solar panels are the industry standards. They are the most cost effective and applicable for most home solar panels applications. Foldable solar panels are lightweight (less than 5 pounds) and can fold up and fit easily in a backpack. Flexible (or rollable) solar panels are also lightweight but bulkier than the foldable panels. Many people use these rollable solar panels on boats because they are durable and can be easily stowed after use.
Generally thin-film laminate type of solar panels (foldable & flexible) are more expensive per watt and require more square footage to produce the same wattage of an equally sized framed module.
What size solar panels do I need for my home and how many?
The number of solar panels you will need depends primarily upon the amount of electricity you are trying to produce and the insolation in your area. Solar insolation can be thought of as the number of hours in the day that the solar panel will produce its rated
a solar panel can power an attic fan that can help reduce the amount of time you use your AC.
Solar Energy for Home Heating & Cooling
Please keep in mind that solar panels produce electricity. but not electricity (and are much more cost effective than solar panels). By the way.output.
What types of solar panels are there?
Most solar panels can be classified as monocrystalline. Watts are the main measure of a solar panel. Be sure that the solar panels will not be shaded by shadows
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A key factor in the effective use of solar electricity is proper placement of the solar panels. along with nominal voltage. For a rough idea of how many watts of solar panels you will need for your home. the amorphous solar panel of the same wattage will be physically larger. Make sure to locate the panels where they will receive full sunlight between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. and we'll help get you started. then an amorphous panel could be a great option. If heating is your main issue. The main difference is the amount of area which the solar panel occupies. If space is not an issue. (Could we take this opportunity to mention the importance of energy efficiency again?!) If you could still use a little help with the math. Often amorphous solar panels are less expensive than the crystalline panels. Because the monocrystalline structure is more efficient than amorphous (and only very slighlty more so than polycrystalline) in turning sunlight into electricity. be sure to check out the Solar Air and Water Heaters info on our website. please give us a call and tell us how much electricity you are trying to produce (in kwh/month or watt-hours/ day) and your location. If that number is more than 1000 watts. and should not be used to produce electricity for heating or cooling sources. Read more about insolation in our How To section on our website. It's not quite as complicated as it sounds. This is based on the silicon structure that comprises the cell. start by dividing your electrical usage (in watt-hours per day) by the solar insolation in your area. This is not equivalent to the number of daylight hours. You'll find solar panels in a variety of wattages. Solar air heating and solar water heating are examples of solar thermal technologies which produce heat. While solar electric panels are not an economically feasible choice to power your air conditioning. keep in mind that solar panel efficiency is still only about 13-18% efficient in turning sunlight into electricity. Bump that number up by 30-50% (to cover system inefficiencies) and you'll have an idea of the number of watts of solar panels total you will need. polycrystalline or amorphous.
For each series string of solar panels. you will also need to safely wire the photovoltaic solar panels together and to the charge controller. Solar panels themselves generally last over 25 years.
How Long will Solar Panels Last?
Solar panels use the sun's light to generate electricity. you will need an appropriate sized breaker. “How To For Solar Panel Mounting” on our website. solar panels can produce electricity to power the energy efficient appliances and lights and appliances in most households. Combiner & pass-through boxes are used to collect the bare ends of the wire from multiple solar panels. then from the combiner box you can run just one set of wires to the solar charge controller. 877-878-4060. For more information on the proper placement solar electric panels. and inverter.from tree branches. be sure to check out our series of three classes beginning with our Basic Photovoltaic and Site Assessment class. Altestore. batteries and Solar Charge Controllers. the ground or a pole. Monday through Friday.
What Else Will I Need with a Solar Panel?
In addition to the solar panel mounting hardware. Along with an inverter. They generate electricity during sunny daylight hours and can be used in a system with batteries so that the electricity can be used at other times as well. our AltE U offers in-person workshops in Massachusetts and Ohio. with any questions you may have about how to buy solar panels. what's next? Well. That's a lot of components to figure out! If after reading all this you are a little confused but even more excited about solar energy. other structures. These connectors connect to the cables coming from the solar panel and can be cut in half to expose bare wire. Also. If you plan on using more solar panels in your system. If you plan on using just one solar panel in a battery based system (an off-grid system). you can read more about solar panel systems. deep cycle batteries. you will need a solar charge controller and overcurrent protection to protect each major component of your system: solar panels. or visit our website. A common warranty states that the panels will produce at least 80% of their rated power after 20 years. and require little maintenance. Many of the solar panels have a 20 year warranty or more. Also known as Photovoltaic (PV) modules. Please contact AltE to speak to one of our expert solar staff.com. Many of the first solar panels produced in the 50s are still in use today.
. If you are considering installing your own solar electric system or installing PV (photovoltaic panels) as a business. please checkout our article. Once again . solar charge controller. etc. mounting system. An easy and safe way to do this is by using MC (multi contact) connectors. as well as free education online videos. solar panels are the main component of a solar electric system. chimneys. there are additional components that you will need for a safe installation.NO SHADE! You will be mounting the solar panels on the roof.