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solar PHOTOVOLTAIC - how to order
The size of the solar photovoltaic system will depend on the energy requirements, which varies considerable from application to application. For instance: You may want solar energy to generate electricity enough to cover for part of your consumption. You may also want to generate electricity to sell to the grid if your power companies is willing to buy. This kind of system is popular in Germany but it is just starting in the USA. You should ask your utility company on that. You may also want electrical power where electricity from the grid is not available. The following steps are designed to help:
Understand how it works. Visit our web-page "Brochures" and read the brochure Alternative Energies. Read also the brochure Solar Photovoltaic , from the US Department of Energy.
Follow the next steps for commercial or residential applications.
Decide whether you want:
a) solar energy to cover for part of your energy bill. Go go STEP 3.
b) solar energy to sell to the grid (feed-in-tariff). Go to STEP 4.
c) solar energy to provide energy where grid is not available. Go to STEP 5.
Determine your energy needs by inspecting your monthly bill. It varies considerable from the Summer to Winter. We recommend to use the average for the last 12 months. Decide the portion of you total power bill, to be supplied by solar energy. In most cases, this figure ranges from 50% to 80%. Go to STEP 6.
Contact your utility company for additional information on the feed-in-tariff program. Go to our
PV-FIT Calculator for a glimpse on your investment and return.
At this time only the few States and municipalities in the USA offer Feed-in-Tariff. City of Gainesville in Florida and the Washington State are offering Feed-in-tariff. If your locality offers Feed-in-Tariff, you have to determine how many kilowatts you want to install. This depends on the investment you are willing to make and area available for the installation. Your local utility can help you with that.
With the above numbers available, fill out the proper fields in our PV Calculator. This calculator will size your system in watts, will give you the number of solar panels you need, and the area required for the installation. You may also try this other Solar Calculator to learn more on the financial aspect of the calculation. Remember; these calculators are designed to give you a ball-park idea. The real outcome may be less. We use average numbers and prices in our calculator. If you are serious on your solar intent and want to move ahead with your decision, please contact us for a quote.
There are other important choices to be made, like inverters, controllers and electrical accessories to complete your installation. For a complete quote, fill out the Solar Application Form.