Getting Started With Solar
From economic opportunity to environmental sustainability, there are many benefits of installing a solar system. While most people like the idea of powering their home or business with sunlight, many of them don’t know how to get started.
You’ve visited the right place if you’re looking for a solar power beginner’s guide. We’re Speed Solar, the Midwest’s leading distributor of high-quality solar modules and related equipment for residential and commercial properties, professional installers and do-it-yourselfers. Our expert team is passionate about solar energy and wants to explain where to start and what to look out for as you embark upon your solar energy journey.
First off, let’s start at the beginning.
Benefits of solar
Whether your motivations for moving to solar energy are economical, conservational, or personal, there are a variety of benefits including:
- Reduce or eliminate electricity bills
- Energy independence
- Avoid utility inflation
- Environmental protection
- Increase property values
- Job creation
- Earn investment returns
- Renewable energy source
How solar energy works
Solar panels work by absorbing sunlight with photovoltaic cells, which generate direct current, or DC, energy. It’s then converted to more usable alternating current, or AC, energy with the help of inverter technology. The AC energy then flows through the home’s electrical panel and is distributed accordingly.
Before making the switch
1. Evaluate your situation
Before making any purchase, assess your current energy use and property type. The amount of electricity you can generate is impacted by how much of the sun’s energy reaches it. Factors such as available space, location, and roof orientation can help determine whether rooftop-mounted panels or ground-fixed modules are best.
2. Picking the right system
Once you know whether you prefer a roof- or ground-mounted system, the next step is selecting the right equipment.
- Solar modules: Solar modules are a grid of solar cells on a protective backsheet. Made primarily from silicon, a chemical element with conductive properties, solar cells generate an electric current when exposed to sunlight. A standard cell is a six-inch by six-inch square. Typical solar modules come in 60- and 72-solar cell configurations.
- Inverter: Equipment that converts direct current, or DC, energy into alternating current, or AC, energy. AC is the current type needed to operate most household appliances.
- PV disconnect: This piece of equipment allows a system to power off for maintenance and repairs.
- Solar utility meter: It connects a home or business to the utility electrical grid and monitors how much unused solar power is fed into the grid.
If you’re unsure about what components are right for your application, Speed Solar is here to help. We work with you to determine the right design and size to meet your energy needs. Then, we quickly ship the items directly to your location.
3.Solar system installation
Before turning sunlight into renewable energy, you have to get your new solar energy system up and running. You can install the system yourself or hire a licensed professional.
Give us a call to learn more about how Speed Solar can help your home or business get started with solar!