Beginners Guide To Solar Panels For Off Grid Homes

If you're moving off the grid, one of the key conveniences you should consider is the installation of solar photovoltaics (PV) better known as solar panels.  These allow you protection, convenience, and the ability to continue your regular day-to-day activities with less hardship.

WHAT ARE SOLAR PANELS?

In simple terms, solar panels provide the opportunity to capture your daily sunlight and to convert it into the electricity you use around your homestead.

HOW SOLAR PANELS WORK

The power originally created by solar panels is called direct current (DC) which gets stored in batteries. This DC power must go through an "Inverter" to change (invert) DC power to alternating current (AC).

COST OF SOLAR PANELS

In summary, Swanson’s Law states that solar panel prices tend to decrease by 20% for every doubling of worldwide panel shipments. In the real world, this works out to be about a 10% cost decrease each year.

WHERE TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS

Always install solar panels so they face in a southerly direction.  This allows you to take full advantage of the sun and get maximum exposure.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS

You might not think there's much to consider regarding your install location yet there are many factors that come into play. > Does your yard have clear access to the southern exposure to the sun? > Are you limited by the space around your home? > Do you have to be concerned about livestock being able to damage your panels?

FIXED GROUND MOUNTING FOR SOLAR PANELS

Ground mounting is as it sounds.  It refers to mounting your panels on racks outside in your yard.

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