Residential solar power

Residential solar power can offer a homeowner a variety of benefits. However, there are many factors which must first be evaluated when setting up a solar panel system.

Solar panels work in two different ways. First there are solar cells that convert light energy into electricity. These panels are a little on the expensive side, but in the long they will save you money. Another way to use solar panels is by using the heat from the sun. The solar panel attracts the heat and heats up a liquid with a low boiling point. This liquid is transferred to water where steam is used in a generator. This process is simple, cheap and effective.

Location is a primary concern. If the home is located in an area that is clouded all of the time, it will affect how much light the panels are capable of receiving. The same is true of shaded and smoggy areas. A residential solar power system with solar water heaters needs an unobstructed view of the sun. If the view of the sun is obstructed, then there may not be enough energy savings to make buying one a wise investment.

Living north of the equator where long winters are experienced, can also affect solar accessibility. Also, frequent stormy weather may require panels to be more durable.

Common sense and a bit of observation do well in the installation process. If one section of the roof is shaded from sun-up to sundown, it is obviously a poor choice for panel location.

Another important factor to consider when setting up residential solar power is the tilt of the collector. The angle at which it is tilted will affect how much sunlight it receives. Most are simply set at the same tilt as the roof. Low tilts allow the solar collector to receive the most sun during the summer. A higher tilt allows for optimal solar radiation when the sun is low on the horizon.

Solar panel orientation is an additional matter that affects how much sunlight a solar panel or collector receives. It is best to orient panels/collectors as close to true south as possible. This is because they receive sunlight for the longest time period when they face south.

It is also helpful to make a sun chart when setting up a solar residential system. Things that will affect the amount of sunlight should be included, such as buildings and trees. This is, of course, something that can get a little complicated. It is certainly alright to ask for the help of a professional.