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Solar Panels for Homes
Even if you haven't
which system you will be using or how much power
you will want
supplied by your solar panels, this is a good time to see what lies
Basically, you are going to be looking at three important
Brand, output, and type of solar panel.
Solar Panels for Homes - Brand Name Companies
First, you should make sure that the brand, or company, that makes the
solar panel is well-known and has a good reputation.
For the same reason, you will most likely buy a Toyota, Ford,
or Mercedes over a
Gumpert. The reason?
Service, price, and
Well-known manufacturers provide available maintenance, service, and
parts as well as available help from local dealers.
Well-known brands make good quality panels at good prices because they
are higher production and live up to a reputation.
It is important for the warrantee, since many panels are guaranteed for
up to 20 years. You want to be sure the manufacture will be around in
17 years, if needed.
Some leading brands that we recommend are:
These companies can work with you to figure out what your power needs
are and what panels will be best for the system you will be using.
The second factor in choosing solar panels for homes is the type of
panel you will need.
Solar Panels For Homes - Types of Panels
The choice of type of panel is not really a choice. Most panels for
home use are made basically the same way at this time, so we won't go
into detail here.
technology is at work 24/7, so you will want to stay
up to date
"new and improved" products that will be coming out.
can also say that there are three categories of home solar panels
according to what they are used for, portable
panels, residential panels, and commercial panels. We'll touch briefly
panels - used for gadgets and charging low-voltage
for example. These do have many uses but are not for your home solar
panels: Residential system solar panels normally
are designed to be connected with other solar paels in a high-voltage
array connected to the utility grid.
panels: Solar panels used in industrial applications are
usually stand alone 12VDC modules connected to a battery bank.
Again, working with a reputable dealer will save you a lot of wasted
time when it comes to make specific choices.
The third factor in selecting solar panels for homes is the power
Solar Panels For Home - Power Output
What you will need as far as power will depend on many factors, such as
where you live (sunlight available), what your normal power consumption
is, what type of system you opt for (grid-tied
example), and your budget.
A reputable company will help you figure all these things together in
order to find what you will need. They can also help you to see where
you can start small and grow later, if needed.
The power output, or solar panel watt, is one way of categorizing the
"size" of a solar panel. These can vary from very small (1-5 watts) all
the way up to more than 200 watts output.
To sum things up, it is best to go with a well-known company. They have
the latest technology. They provide a guarantee, repair, and
maintenance. They help you find out exactly what you will need.
You will be sure to have a panel and system that will pay for itself
before the warrantee time is up.
On the other hand, if really want to do-it-yourself, you can make your
own solar panels. See more information under our DIY pages.
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