Why Solar Energy?
The price of electricity is expected and predicted to rise in the future. By how much or why I am
not certain. We obtain our electricity from an energy retailer and an energy delivery company. Why
the energy retailer is used has not been explained sufficiently to make any sense. It seems like they
are the accountant to calculate the invoice. To bypass the need for either of the two entities is where
the solar energy comes into the picture.
There are many solar energy companies, some good, some not so good. There are a number of manufacturers
solar equipment of varying qualities and performance. The selection of a company and brand of equipment
depends on your own research and your budget. I suggest you use our friend Google to narrow down your
choices of manufacturers and then allow your choices to give you a presentation and a quote for a recommended
system. Your first couple of questions to answer are is the company in your state. Then does the company employ
their own installers. Even if the headquarters isn't in your state, are the installers local.
The manufacturer of the solar panels and inverters the solar company uses are very important for the efficiency of|
your solar system. However, the cost of these components are critical. There are quality solar panels and then there
are not so quality. LG and Panasonic manufacture two of the higher rated solar panels. It is the efficiency rating that is
the benchmark for choosing a solar panel. The higher the efficiency the greater the cost savings to convert solar
energy into electricity. LG is rated at 21.7% while Panasonic is rated at 20.3%. The inverters are the component that
converts the electricity produced by the solar panel from DC into AC where it can be used to power household
appliances. SolarEdge is probably a better product than most.
Solar System Design
The three main inverter options are string inverters, micro inverters and power optimizer systems. The inverters are
what converts the DC electricity into the AC electricity in your home. Micro inverters and power optimizer systems
are typically more expensive than string inverters but allow for monitoring the power production of each panel. This
option produces more power than a system using string inverters. These will be best for shaded areas or where the
panels face in different directions but are also more expensive than string converters.
I recommend the micro inverter plus power optimizer option for your solar system. This will cost a little more but
will also be the most effective and efficient design.
Coming next - Solar System Companies in Texas.............