By Stephen Hren
Solar energy, as soon as a perimeter attempt restricted to DIY fanatics, is now quick turning into mainstream. Many domestic and company proprietors are fascinated with sun electrical and sunlight thermal structures, and sweetness tips to move approximately getting a fresh strength new release approach in their personal. The overwhelming majority will rent a qualified installer to do the task. yet what should still they be asking of those installers? What approach makes the main feel for his or her domestic or place of work: sun electrical, sunlight sizzling water, sunlight heating, or a few mixture of these?
A sun Buyer's advisor for the house and Office explains the choices in order that homeowners could make the proper offerings either for his or her strength wishes and their monetary defense. realizing how solar energy structures paintings will permit readers to be told clients while facing expert installers-the ebook additionally offers recommendation on tips to pick out a professional installer and comprehend the increasing number of tax credit and different incentives which are doping up round the country.
The marketplace for sunlight structures has been turning out to be at an exponential price and powerful tax credit verify persevered development even in a gradual economic climate. lots of those that wish to trap this indisputable wave of the long run are held again by way of frequent confusion. A sun Buyer's consultant for the house and Office clears the air, permitting homeowners to maneuver ahead with self assurance to make their houses and workplaces more well-off, environmentally sound, and safe opposed to wild swings in power prices.
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Additional resources for A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers
We’ll get into more detail later, but for now let’s take a minute to go over some of the more obvious differences in these three main categories of solar panels. Solar Electric Modules When someone mentions solar power, most people think about solar electric—or photovoltaic (PV)—panels (more correctly referred to as PV modules). These come in a range of sizes, from the tiny rectangle on a calculator to the common roof-size module of approximately three by five feet (with many variations coming from different manufacturers) which rest in frames about one inch thick.
Solar power is a well understood, universally available source of energy that can provide nearly all of the energy you need—making your office electronics whirr and hum, heating the water for your morning shower, warming the room you’re now in. The technology to harness this amazing power has become increasingly efficient and sophisticated, to the point where installing at least one type of solar power system makes sense for almost every home and office. Solar power has both advantages and limitations, and we’ll flesh these out in the next chapter—but suffice to say, this type of renewable energy should have a place in nearly all buildings.
Photovoltaics became a bit more common, but PV applications stayed “off-grid” except for scattered test sites and a very few “guerilla solar” installs (unpermitted systems tied into the utility network). It wasn’t until the late 1990s and early 2000s that utility-interactive PV systems that could “spin the meter backward” started to catch on and multiply as technology improved and electric utilities standardized interconnection procedures and approved safety measures. The past ten years have been a whirlwind of change for photovoltaics, with exponential growth, thousands of new companies, new technology and system components, falling prices, and policy hurdles cleared away.