Solar power is arguably the cleanest, most reliable form of renewable energy available, and it can be used in several forms to help power your home or business. Solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using the photons of light from the sun. This electricity can then be used to supply renewable energy to your home or business.
The cost of solar power is pretty high so written below are few important questions you need to consider before making the jump to solar energy
1.Do you have a roof that can support solar panels?
This is pretty key. If your roof is covered in shade most of the day throughout the year, it might not have a favorable enough “solar window” to justify the costs of panels. That’s something you’ll want to assess before you move forward. If your roof won’t cut it, or you can’t make the call because you rent your apartment or live in a multi-unit building, you can look into shared or community solar. Also envision the future of your house. If the roof is unobstructed now but you have plans that might cause trouble down the road, try to be prepared for it
2. Have you done everything you can to improve efficiency?
The amount of solar energy you need to produce depends on how much you use, so it makes sense to trim your usage as much as possible before paying for all those panels. Start with an energy audit and look for efficiency upgrades before you draw up blueprints.
3. Which kind of solar makes sense?
The two dominant solar technologies to pick from are photovoltaic, which uses arrays of cells to turn sunlight into electricity, and thermal, which uses sunlight to heat water or air for use inside. The thermal is for home which use a lot of energy for heating.
4.Is your installer trustworthy?
This applies any time you hire someone to come into your home, but solar combines the logistics of a home improvement project with the risks of electrical work. Credentials and references are especially important. So you need to research well to decide on the right company which is most efficient to carry out the installation.