Making the Solar Decision

Making the Solar Decision

Making the Solar Decision

Making the Solar Decision

Deciding to convert your home to run on the power of the sun is not an overnight process for most homeowners.  Neither is the process of installation.  Before beginning any solar installation, Renewable Solar Resources will perform an energy audit of the property.  They will meet with you to review small changes to make your home energy efficient without losing comfort.  Renewable Solar Resources can help you make the Solar Decision.

Renewable Solar Resources is a family owned renewable solar energy company in Plymouth Minnesota.  When homeowners near the Plymouth and Vicksburg area choose solar conversion, Renewable Solar offers reliable information and expertise. Having options is great, but having experts to guide you through choices to your best solution is even better. Renewable Solar Resources can take the stress out of the decisions without taking away your options.  Throughout the process, your team keeps you informed while they handle permits, equipment deliveries and system installation.

Types of Solar Panels

Once you decide solar power is right for your home, you need to decide on the type of solar panels you want.  Some solar panels are made of monocrystalline silicon.  These are the most efficient, as well as the most expensive, solar panels.  Monocrystalline silicon solar panels have a uniform look due to the way the panels are formed.  Because of the super efficiency of monocrystalline silicon solar panels, fewer panels and less space is needed.  They have a long life expectancy of over twenty five years and produce more power than the alternative panels in lower light conditions.

A less expensive option is the polycrystalline silicon solar panels.  These panels are also made out of crystalline silicon, but are slightly less pure and are less efficient than the monocrystalline version.  Because the reduction in efficient function is slight, the lower cost makes Polycrystalline a popular solar panel option of homeowners.

Some solar panel manufacturers offer thin film solar panels.  Thin film panels are uniform black in color and have a clean sleek look.  However, more of the thin film panels are needed to compensate for lower efficiency, making it difficult to install in some residential applications.  Once you made your decision on which solar panels you will have installed, you are almost done with your part of the process.  There are just a couple more decisions for you to make.

Consider Your Solar Power Storage Battery.

When deciding whether home solar power batteries are worth it, there are several considerations.  Residential electricity peak usage period is between 5 pm to 8 pm.  Solar Power Peak electricity generation period  usually falls between 11 am and 4 pm.  If the power is not stored for later use, it can be returned to the grid and credited against your own power usage later.  If you have battery storage, you can utilize that electricity later, when you are most likely to want it available.  For some homeowners, a lithium battery can provide a more cost effective option than buying energy from the utility at 6pm when peak prices apply.  Talk to your solar panel system installer.  They can go over their available battery options and reveal the storage capacity of each.

Location, Location, Location.

Where will your solar panels be mounted? People often choose to locate their solar panels on the roof, but an equally viable option is to install the solar panels in your yard.  An energy audit on your property can reveal the ideal position to capture the most PV, or photovoltaic rays.  A south facing panel is great, but sometimes a southwest or west roof gathers enough sun for effective solar panel placement.  Having panels on the roof keeps them out of reach of vandals.  Having solar panels on the ground makes them easily accessible for clearing, cleaning or maintenance if needed.

Professional installation.

The good news about permits, is that Renewable Solar Resources takes the headache off your shoulders.  The bad news is that getting permits and HOA permission can take time.  Just make sure to plan your solar conversion ahead of the actual installation.  The planning period allows your installer to handle the behind the scenes work, making the process smooth.  A professionally installed  solar array on your residential property, is warrantied, and matched to your energy usage.  There is more that goes into the installation, than the actual connection of panels to your site.  Visit to set up your free solar conversion consultation.