Choosing Your DIY Solar Panel System Components Posted on 16 May 09:00
Designing a DIY solar panel system that’s capable of offsetting your energy usage isn’t as complicated as it sounds.
After determining the necessary system size using the exclusive Solar GOODs calculator, simply follow the step-by-step guide to choose your photovoltaic panels, inverter and mounting components.
Here’s how it works.
Photovoltaic Panels for Your DIY Solar Panel System
After you enter some basic information about your home and energy needs, the Solar GOODs calculator will tell you exactly how many photovoltaic panels you will need to power your home.
To arrive at this number, the calculator uses the same data as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy. So you can trust that it will provide you with an accurate solar panel system size.
After using the calculator, you will be presented with several photovoltaic panel options.
Take a careful look at each option, comparing prices and wattage. You also may want to research further, examining performance specifications and other characteristics. And, of course, check out the amazing warranties that accompany all the systems we offer!
We only deal with reputable manufacturers, so you can have peace of mind in choosing the photovoltaic panels that are the best match for your budget and energy needs.
DIY Solar Panel System Inverters
Once you have selected your photovoltaic panels, the next step is to choose an inverter.
Your solar panels generate direct current (DC) energy, but the appliances and electronics in your home require alternating current (AC). Converting your captured solar energy is the inverter’s job.
So, the next question is, do you want a string inverter or a micro-inverter?
A string inverter may be cost-effective, as it will convert the energy produced by your entire photovoltaic array. A micro-inverter, on the other hand, converts the energy from just one solar panel, making it necessary to purchase a separate inverter for each panel.
But many solar DIYers prefer micro-inverters, as they are easy to install and can boost system performance. Select whichever type of inverter you prefer, as either can provide you with plenty of free electricity for your home.
Mounting Components for Your DIY Solar Panel System
The last step in designing your system is choosing your mounting components.
Solar GOODs takes away the guesswork, giving you a customized list of the rails, clamps and other hardware needed to install your system. All you need to do is answer a few simple questions regarding your roof type, weather conditions in your area and your photovoltaic panel placement.
That’s all there is to it.
Once you have selected your photovoltaic panels, inverter and mounting components, your system is complete. When you receive your shipment, you’re a weekend — and a call to a licensed electrician — away from being ready to take your DIY solar system online.
Solar GOODs, your DIY solar superstore, is the premier provider of do-it-yourself photovoltaic system components. The money you’ll save on installation means you will enjoy a quick return on investment, saving money and establishing your own energy independence.
Visit us online today to order your customized DIY solar panel system, and join the alternative energy revolution!