If you want a complete energy system for your home, solar panels can be a great investment. Today, plenty of options are available for solar energy systems that you can improve your home. The design of your solar panel installation is important to ensure it provides the energy you need. The following solar panel installation information will help with the design of energy systems for your home:
Panels and Solar Materials
The panels are the most important choice for your solar energy system. Today, you have more options than just the panels and racks that are usually installed on homes. The options to consider for solar panels and materials for your system include:
- Solar building materials (roofing and siding)
- Polycrystalline solar panels
- Monocrystalline solar panels
- Thin-film solar membrane materials
If you are using conventional panels, you can also use thin-film materials to add to your system. These materials can be added to inconspicuous areas like a low-pitch roof slope of a covered porch. The more surfaces that are exposed to direct sunlight, the more energy your system will produce.
Energy Storage Systems
The energy storage of your system is also important. These battery banks will store excess energy for your home. The batteries are needed to power your home when the panels do not produce electricity, such as at night or on cloudy days. You will want to discuss the electricity needs of your home with the installer. The battery bank should be large enough to power your entire home during night hours.
If you have a grid-tied system installed, it is going to need special controllers. The grid-tied controllers serve several functions, including:
- Charge controllers for battery banks
- System monitoring for safety and efficiency
- Grid-tied switch to connect to the power grid
When you need power from the utility company or want to sell your excess energy, you need special controllers. These systems have built-in switches that will automatically connect your system to the grid when needed.
Additional Energy Improvements
When installing solar panels, there are additional improvements you will want to invest in. Adding a solar water heater or other alternative energy systems for heating and mechanical systems can be a great investment. You can also invest in lighting and electrical system upgrades to make your home more energy-efficient.
The design of solar energy systems can provide your home with all the energy you need. Contact a solar panel service to start discussing the design of the energy systems for your home.