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Solar Energy, 10 Main Questions

Solar Energy, 10 Main Questions

If you’re curious about solar energy, want to know about the backround and some of the practicalities of solar power, then this manual is written for you. I hope you find it useful.

What do most people want to know first?

First, I though it would be good to go over the most common questions people have when they first start looking at solar energy. If you’ve got any questions after, feel free to contact us at info@solarstarter.org

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

Here is where most people would like a cut-and-dried answer. However, it’s a bit like buying a house. The price varies. The cost depends on the size of the system and the type. To use the house analogy – 2 bedroom houses usually cost less than 4 bedroom houses. However, if you’ve got a larger family, the 4 bedroom house investment might be worth it.

The cost of solar panels has been falling every year. The usual method for evaluating the cost is in $/watt.

What are the Different Types of Solar Panels?

For residential homes, the most common systems are Photovoltaic and Solar Hot Water. Simply put, Photovoltaic solar systems use sunlight to make electricity. Solar Hot Water uses sunlight to heat your water. Photovoltaic systems have a slightly longer payback time the photovoltaic. The advantage of photovoltaic systems is that you can sell your electricity back to the grid.

What are the Different Types of Solar Panel Systems?

There are several types of solar panel systems. Each type is good for a different situation. For example, if you live in an area where you can easily connect to the electricity grid, a grid-tied would be a good option. Grid- tied systems allow you to sell your excess solar power back to the grid. They also cost less, because they don’t need batteries.

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