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How To Cut The Cost Of PV Solar Power Array Design

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Everybody wants to save money, and the easiest way to do that is by reducing your energy bill. With the current growing concern about global warming, more and more homeowners are looking for alternative energy sources for their homes and businesses. The initial cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems can be relatively high, but the savings you'll get in the long run outweighs the initial investment a lot. Here is some more information about how you can reduce the cost of the initial design for PV panels.

Sizing the System

Sizing a PV solar power array is the first step in designing a PV solar system. The size of the array determines how much electricity will be produced. A larger array will produce more electricity, but it will cost more to install, maintain and operate.

You will need to know how much energy you use on average every day (kWh/day) and what percentage of that energy you want or need to use from solar panels (percentage). This will help you determine the size of the system you need for your home. 

Getting the Right Components

You also need the right components when planning a PV solar energy system. You need to make sure that you have enough space in your roof or yard for the solar panels, as well as enough room to install them properly. If you don't have enough space on your roof or yard, then there are other options available, such as ground mounts or pole mounts. You may also want to consider using energy storage such as the battery bank, charge controllers, and switches that you need for your system. 

Plan Your Mounting System

There are three main types of PV solar mounting systems: ground mount, roof mount, and pole mount. The type that is best for your home will depend on your location, budget, and other factors.

  • Roof Mounts: Roof mounts are often the most expensive option because they require professional installation, but they can also be more reliable than ground or pole mounts in certain situations. Roof mounts are ideal for smaller systems or those with limited space available. This system works best when there is an existing structure on top of your home, such as a garage or shed, with a flat surface that can support the weight of your panels.
  • Ground Mounts: Ground mounts are typically cheaper than roof mounts because they don't require any construction work on your home. This type of panel mounting system may not work well in areas with high winds or snowfall since it sits on racks that are sitting on the ground. Securing the racks to the ground can help prevent problems. 
  • Pole Mounts: Pole-mounted panels are fastened to poles. These mounts are good for smaller arrays if you only need a small system to power your home but might not be ideal for larger systems. 

These are some of the different things that you should consider when estimating the costs of mounting systems for your new solar panels. 

Correct Shading Issues

 Another problem that you might have is the shade, which can cause you to need more panels. Correcting these issues can help reduce the number of panels you need and the cost of installing a PV panel system on your home. Make sure that the areas where panels are being installed have full sun to ensure they produce energy efficiently.

Minimize future costs with a great design. Contact a solar panel service to discuss options for reducing the costs of a PV system for your home.