When installing a solar electric collection system to generate power for your home or business, you need to determine how much electricity you want to generate and how to do it efficiently. Working with a company that makes and installs solar panels or a solar contractor can help ensure you get the right system for your situation and the best solar panels to do the job.
Each solar panel in your solar system plays a specific role in the power generation process. Some systems use solar panels connected in series and work together to make more power. While others use a system of independent panels that work at full capacity even if the one next to it fails.
As technology has advanced, solar panel construction has become more dependable, efficient, and less expensive. The panels from just a few years ago did not have the capacity of the current solar panels available.
Today's panels are lighter, have larger solar collection capacity, and they are larger, so more solar voltaic tiles fit on each solar panel. Setting up a solar system is less expensive than just a few years ago, and your contractor can tailor your solar system to your requirements.
Solar Panel Selection
When setting up a solar system for your power generation needs, you need to look at the overall power consumption of your property without the solar system and decide what you want to achieve from solar power. If you plan to generate all the electricity for your home with solar, you need to determine if there is a way to do that efficiently.
A large solar panel with a high collection potential can help, but there are some limitations unless you have a large area to lay out a solar grid. Most large homes use a lot more electricity than they really need, and with electronics, computers, and appliances that people want in their homes, the power consumption can get high very quickly.
Often the solar system installation can help offset the amount of electricity you purchase from the utilities, but if you want to be off the grid, you may need to reduce the consumption and put up a large array with high-efficiency solar panels. The solar array may not all fit on your home's roof, but the solar installer designing the system can take advantage of other space and use a solar panel array on several buildings and some on-ground stands to achieve your goals.
You may also want to consider a solar panel stand that moves and tracks the sun through the sky to align the panels with the sun all day. The right solar panel in the optimal position can help raise the efficiency of your solar system and help achieve your power collection goals.
To learn more about solar panels, contact a solar energy service in your area.