The cost of the solar panel in today’s pricing is about $425.

You'll need good south-facing exposure. Panels can be mounted on roofs of almost any pitch, or they can be mounted on the ground. Panels should be mounted facing directly south, or as close-to south as possible. Any shading (from nearby trees or buildings) will reduce the output of your system. With all these factors in mind, estimate how much space you have available for panels, and then determine how many you'd like to invest in to meet your power needs. If solar looks like a good fit for at your location, you can also contact a solar installer to get a professional opinion.

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This basic off-grid solar power system is simple to install and can be easily expanded…

What are the components of a solar electric system?

Technically, Solar PV panels (or PV modules) are usually over 1 sqm in area and consist of a series of individual low voltage photovoltaic cells wired together (in series) under a sheet of highly transparent, hard glass. The PV cells are usually made from one of three different types of semi-conductor material. The commonest are polycrystalline or monocrystalline silicon photovoltaics. These are usually the most cost effective PV panel materials. Polycrystalline PV panels tend to look slightly more textured and glittery than monocrystalline PV panels because the latter have fewer crystal edges to reflect light. However this is barely noticeable except, when you look at the PV cells close up.

What is a thin-film solar panel?

Many people are resistant to having solar panels installed on their homes because they believe the installation costs are too high. Initial installation costs of residential solar panels vary depending on a number of factors.

This section provides an overview of what solar energy is and how it can be used.

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On existing pitched roofs, Solartwin usually recommend solar PV panels which are mounted above the roof rather than integrated much more expensively within special solar PV tiles. (We want to give you value for money!) In our above roof PV mounting systems, rails are fixed over the roof tiles and firmly anchored to the structure beneath. (In roof integrated PV mounting systems, typically used on new build, the PV panels are fixed directly to the structure flush with the roof tiles. On flat roofs, solar PV panels are attached to pitched frames that are either fixed to the roof structure. If there is not a suitable roof, solar PV panels may sometimes be fitted to ground mounted frames. However this approach can raise security issues.)

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An off-grid solar system includes a battery bank as well as solar panels (so that you can have power when the sun isn't shining - like at night, and on cloudy days). Batteries require proper care (for example, they must not be over-drained) and some maintenance (some types require filling with water now and then). With proper care, they should last at least 10 years. Since most off-grid solar systems replace a gasoline or diesel generator, the fuel cost savings can be tremendous over just a few years, not to mention the reduced carbon emissions.

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It is essential that your solar PV installer is accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (UK MCS) because it is a precondition for you receiving the Government Feed-in Tariff (FIT) payments for PV generated renewable electricity. Always choose an MCS PV installer as your photovoltaic supplier and installer, because they know how to install photovoltaic panels to the highest standards in the solar electricity industry.

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Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to concentrate (focus) the sun's light energy and convert it into heat to create steam to drive a turbine that generates electrical power.

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A grid-tie solar system is connected into the electricity grid via your existing electricity meter (BC Hydro meter). When your solar panels produce more power than you need, BC Hydro pays you for the excess that is fed back into the grid (this money appears as a credit on your account). When your panels don't produce as much power as you need, you simply draw from the grid as usual. Essentially, the grid functions as a big battery.