In a time when energy consumption has come under scrutiny, is it a good idea to install solar panels? There are many factors that can influence your decision.
Solar panels, also referred to as photovoltaic panels, convert sunlight to power. You can store this energy for use in cloudy weather or at night. A group of solar cells makes up each individual solar panel. The panels can be mounted on trackers that tilt automatically toward the sun to get the best light exposure. They can also be mounted on fixed tracks, either on the ground or on the roof, depending on the amount of shade in your yard, or the orientation of your home.
What about the cost of residential solar power? You will pay the major costs upfront when the system itself is installed. There are federal and state tax incentives and utility company rebates that will help offset the cost. You may still have a small power bill, depending on if you choose to install a battery to store extra power. However, utility companies can purchase your surplus energy. Your location must also be taken into account. More electricity will obviously be generated in sunnier climates.
How many solar panels will you need to have installed? One factor affecting this is the meteorological data for your area. It can be a good idea to use the information for the cloudiest month of the year, so that you will be sure to produce enough energy year round. A second factor is how much energy your home uses. This can be found on your utility bill. A third factor is your home’s orientation. The best orientation in the Northern Hemisphere is pointing directly south. The panels should be inclined at the same angle as the latitude of the area where you live. The panels can be tilted at the edges to line up at the correct inclination. Alternatively, you may decide to orient them to make the best use of morning or afternoon light.
Are solar panels right for you? Take into consideration the initial cost and savings, as well as installation factors. There are many Magnolia solar energy systems providers if you decide the answer is yes. It may be a good idea to find one that has their own trained installers instead of inexperienced contractors. Be sure to check credentials and get a warranty to protect your investment.