NO MORE UTILITY BILL? One of the first things that most people ask about solar power is, “what size solar power system do I need to eliminate my utility bill?” but this depends on many different factors and there is no one-size-fits-all option because solar rebates and incentives differ widely from state to state. Next you need to know how many kilowatt hours of electricity you use on average per day (in kWh). This info can be generally found on your electricity bill. The next thing you need to know is how many kWh of power do you get per day from each kW of solar that you install. But once again, the answer is dependent on your location. In states where there is 1 for 1 net metering it is easy to work out what size system you need because you need a system that simply produces the same amount of energy as you use in total.
Really great information can be found by snooping around on the internet and I have tried to simplify things a bit. Installing rooftop solar panels presents some complex decisions because there are so many variables to evaluate – the angle of the roof, the sun’s trajectory over your home, local laws, HOA restrictions on home renovations, and whether or not rebates or other financial incentives are available. When choosing among rooftop solar panels, there are a number of factors to consider. First, you’ll want to weigh the cost of purchase and installation against the potential energy savings. This will help you to determine how many years it will take to recoup your investment. Other considerations include panel dimensions and warranty coverage. Among the solar panels in our review, the top choices are from Kyocera, Canadian Solar and Grape Solar. All panels below have been evaluated in terms of overall cost, return on investment, efficiency, durability, dimensions, features, frames, and temperature tolerances. Here they are:
- Kyocera KD315GX-LPB
You get appealing solar panels that offer a worthwhile output of energy as well as a solid warranty with the Kyocera KD315GX-LPB solar modules.
- Canadian Solar CS6X-305M
The Canadian Solar CS6X-305M solar panels are easy to maintain, give you strong solar efficiency, and possess a pronounced rectangular design that will appeal to a number of customers.
- Grape Solar 390W
The Grape 390W solar panels are durable, offer good solar efficiency, and plenty of wattage.
- Grape Solar 250W
These panels are durable, produce a healthy amount of solar power, and offer a reassuringly solid warranty.
- Suntech STP255S-20
Suntech gives you good durability, an unusual but lengthy warranty on power output, and easy maintenance. Unfortunately, contacting the company is not as simple as it could be.
- Samsung LPC250SM
The Samsung LPC250SM panels are durable and offer a reasonable amount of solar efficiency, but the panel warranty is insufficient.
- Sharp ND-Q245F
Though they are not the most efficient panels on the market, the Sharp ND-Q245F solar panels are resilient and durable, require little maintenance, and are backed by a good warranty.
- Lumos LSX 250-60M
The Lumos LSX250-60M solar panels are aesthetically set apart from other solar modules with their unique design. Not everyone might like it, but the modernistic style will undoubtedly appeal to many consumers.
- Sharp ND-F2Q235
The Sharp ND-F2Q235 solar panels are designed to be easy to install and need only a little maintenance, but they do not offer as much solar efficiency as other solar modules.
See You Next Time! Dr. Stripling