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Start getting energy-efficient and cost-effective with solar power! Our guide will help you get started with solar energy, covering all the basics from understanding the technology to finding the right solar system for your home or business.
Know Your Stuff: Steps To Solar Energy
Research the different types of solar panels and solar energy systems available in your area. Consider the pros and cons of each option and determine which type of system best suits your needs and budget.
- Q Cells: https://qcells.com/us/
- Jinko Panels: https://www.jinkosolar.com/en/
- Canadian Solar: https://www.canadiansolar.com/
Contact local solar companies to obtain quotes and compare the different costs and services offered.
Check with your local utility company to see if they offer any incentives for installing solar energy systems.
Apply for any available solar rebates or tax credits that may be available in your area.
Choose an installer and sign a contract to have your solar energy system installed.
- Before making any decisions, make sure you and anyone else involved in your decision are fully aware of what your chosen company offers in terms of industry standard warranties.
Arrange the necessary permits and inspections with your local building department.
- Permitting, Interconnection, and Inspections should all be taken care of by whichever company you choose to work with.
Have the solar system installed and connect it to your home’s electrical system.
Activate the solar system and start enjoying the benefits of clean, renewable energy.
- Your local utility company will activate your system once all processes are completed prior to activation.
Monitor your energy usage and adjust your system as needed to maximize energy efficiency.
- Most solar systems come with live monitoring apps which allow you to check on your systems production as well as troubleshoot any issues before they may occur.
Regularly maintain your solar system to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency.
- Maintenance of solar panels should really only consist of the occasional garden hose wash down if you live somewhere that large amounts of dust can accumulate.