Solar panels are installed on a roof of a building (or anywhere where there is direct sunlight and less shading) to capture the sun’s light energy and converts to (DC/ direct current) electricity. This electrical energy is transferred directly to batteries that act as a storage container for the harvested energy. This energy is converted to regular household electricity called (AC / alternating current), using a device called a power inverter, and now can be used to power electrical appliances in that building. Every solar system has to be “sized” (designed) for the electrical load (demand) that will be placed on it. If a building’s electrical consumption (load) is large, then a large solar system will be required to supply the consumption (load) demand. A larger system requires more equipment and therefore cost more. It is very important to get a professional solar assessment to determine your solar needs for your building.
Before going solar it is always a good thing to make the building as energy efficient as possible (i.e. design the building to consume as less electricity as possible). This can be achieved by changing out a few electrical devices and appliances: converting lighting to L.E.D installing timers / switches to control unnecessary operation of water heaters. Other energy conservation tips would be to use propane clothes dryers, propane water heaters and propane stoves instead of the electrical ones. It is also advised to purchase high effiecny“high SEER” rating air conditioners (anything above 18 SEER). Installing a solar system is a very costly (upfront) investment but it pays for itself and saves you lots of money over time. Anyone that pays electricity bills should consider investing in a solar system because it is an awesome asset.