In this article I want to talk about a myth that goes around about solar panels for the home and particularly building them on you own. There are more and more companies everyday popping up that offer solar products. Some are good, but some are fly by night and offer products that are far from high quality. Then there are some major manufactures that can be trusted and provide a great product, but you are going to pay out the nose for a system to run you home.
If you have been considering a solar panel system for you home then you should really consider building the system yourself to meet you homes exact needs. The first thing you will need to do is determine what you home will need to run all of your electrical needs. Most power bills now show graphs that show an average of how much power your homes for the last twelve months. This is the easiest way to see exactly how much power your house needs.
There are a couple things to plan for with your new solar panel system. You are going to need a place for the panels, a place for the inverter and a place for the batteries to store the power. Solar panels typically are made of silicon. The silicon absorbs the radiation from sunlight and converts it into direct current or DC electricity. Not much runs on direct current anymore so it will have to be converted to alternating current or AC to operate your household needs. Then the power will need to be stored in batteries to be used when the sun is not up or on cloudy days.
In many communities across the country home owner associations will not allow you to put solar panels on the top of your home. In planning your set up you are going to need to be aware of the regulations of you neighborhood and community. Even though most communities are open to solar electricity and there are even Federal incentives to put them on your house there may be some guidelines that will have to be followed.