Residential solar panels

Solar panels are becoming more and more popular with the increasing electricity prices and also with the devastating effects on the environment that fossil fuels are having. They are the ideal choices as they also add to the value of your home.

Planning Considerations for Solar Energy Systems

The benefits associated with using solar panels to power your houses and offset the total energy consumption of your household is greater in this era than ever before. This is because of the rapid increase in the amount of money that residents have to pay for commercial use electricity. Photovoltaic panels or solar panels are the ideal solutions for powering households whether they are intended for small scale purposes such as a water heating system, or to power a complete house and all its electrical needs and requirements. With the number of companies now involved with the manufacture and installation of solar panels, it has become extremely easy to use this form of renewable, efficient and pollution free form of energy.

Solar panels can be fixed on the roof and on the ground:

Generally, all solar panels are installed and fixed on to the roofs of houses facing the south, west, or south west direction. This does not mean that it is not possible to have a ground based system, but this type of mounting is not common yet. It is always essential to ensure that the portion of the roof upon which the panel will be mounted is not deteriorating or is not in need of any kind of repair. If the roof requires any form of repair work, it must be complete prior to the installation of the solar panels for complete safety.

In case of shortage:

Another important factor to note is the comparison between the daily and seasonal usage of energy in your household, to the daily and seasonal availability and positioning of the sun. This comparison is essential in preventing all types of production shortages that may occur of this factor is ignored. A careful and precise analysis and approximation of the changes in the load profile of the household in different seasons can provide you with the information required to calculate the approximate availability of the solar energy all year round. With this information, you can also find out whether or not, depending upon your location and the availability of solar energy, you need to maintain a connection to the local utility as well. This works as a backup in case the solar panels don’t meet the complete requirements of your home. Even if you do need to use commercial electricity for some time period in your home, your electricity bills will still be significantly reduced.

Feeding the grid:

In case the opposite of the above happens, the electricity produced by the panels can become surplus, and you can actually feed the grid! You can sell your electricity to local utilities if your solar panels are bale to generate a greater amount of electricity then your usage.