You can start by performing a load analysis, which includes these tasks: Looking at your utility bills over the past year Calculating energy consumption Recognizing consumption trends.Learn More
Your available solar resource -- do you have clear and unobstructed access to sunlight for most or all of the day, throughout the year? The system size -- do you have a roof or area large enough to accommodate it?Learn More
Making sure your solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system is sized, sited, installed, and maintained correctly is essential for maximizing its energy performance.Learn More
When installing a PV system, consider::
MAINTAINING YOUR HOME SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM
As with any mechanical or electrical appliance, PV systems require routine, periodic maintenance. System components may also need repair or replacement from time to time.
SIZING YOUR HOME SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM
Accurately sizing the components of your solar electric or PV system helps ensure that your system will produce the amount of power you want it to produce. This is especially important for stand-alone systems, which are not connected to the electricity grid.