Solar panels are a wonderful energy choice for your home. Not only are they better for the environment and run by a highly renewable source, but they can help you save money on your energy bill over time. If you want to make an investment that is environmentally conscious and will cut down your energy bill, they might be a great choice for you home.
Before you start calling solar companies in your area let’s take a look at some of the types that are available, as well as how they are installed. This will give you a little more knowledge to work with while you decide which company and which panels to go with.
Kinds of Home Solar Panels
There are a few different options when it comes to solar panels and the main difference between them is how they are run. The kind you choose is going to depend on the price you want, whether you want battery back up, and ans the ease of installation you’re after.
The first two types are grid connected with the option of batteries or no batteries. No batteries is the cheapest option and your power will pull from the grid when more electricity is needed. With the battery backup you essentially have a power generator should the grid fail for some reason. These are more ideal for cities where connecting to a utility source won’t be overly expensive.
However, there is also an off grid option that is completely self run. This can come in handy in rural areas where running your solar power from a utility source can be more pricey. The downside to this is that solar companies who do the installation for you need to know how much energy you will need, which can be hard to predict.
How They Are Installed
Solar installation is pretty straight forward. Solar companies will bolt mounts to your roof and then attach the panels to those mounts, followed by hooking the panels to an electrical system. The electrical hookup is the most technical part and is part of the reason it’s wise to hire a contractor to handle this process.
You can also have ground framework panels that have the ability to track the sun or stay stationary. This is a good choice when your roof is unable to support the roof mounts for some reason. Their installation is very similar, but their placement is different.