Planning Your Own Solar Power System

Planning Your Own Solar Power System

Start by deciding what type of solar power system you want. PV, thermal, or a combination of both. Simple Solar is one of only a handful of companies in the world with the capacity to combine PV and thermal systems. A PV system is made up of solar panels, racking, an inverter, and an energy meter. A thermal system is made up of solar collectors, racking, a pump station, storage tank, and energy monitor (optional).

Next you should figure out where to put your system. Most of the solar hardware will go in your utility room but you’ll need space outside your house to mount your panels and collectors. Panels and collectors can go on a roof, wall, or on the ground, but you’ll need to take into consideration things such as the movement of the sun, shading, and how to connect them to the hardware inside your house.

Finally, decide how powerful you want your system to be. The main considerations here are space and budget. If you have the space and budget you can opt for a net-zero or even net-positive home. Net-zero homes don’t need any electricity from the electricity grid and net-positive homes actually sell electricity back into the electricity grid.

Now that you’ve finished planning it’s time to order your system.