You have seen that your neighbors, friends and relatives have installed solar power systems for their homes and you may wonder what does it consist of?  

If you are thinking about installing a solar power system for your house, you must make sure that your installer uses the right equipment for you to give you the right efficiency and durability of the power generation. That they do it all by the books and follow industry best practices.

The process of choosing the right installer, the right loan option and the right loan option is very complex and you need to have an unbiased adviser on your side and by your side.

1. Battery

Home battery storage is becoming more and more affordable, and incentives are currently available in many markets. Realistically, the dream of being off-grid is still not cost effective in most cases. However, having a battery in your home saving you money on peak electricity costs and to keep the lights and certain appliances on during a blackout is a very desirable position for many. An increasing number of people shopping for a home solar system are often interested in home battery storage solution. The trend is growing. You have to weigh a number of factors to see if it’s a fit for you.

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2. Modules

PV Modules (a.k.a. Solar Panels) which consist of solar cells, aluminum frame, copper wires, junction box on the back and coating on the surface and a sheet on the back. These modules receive the sunlight and turn it into (D/C) Direct Current Electricity. There are a variety of different module types and each are good for certain applications. Hence, selecting the right module is extremely important.  Not all panels are created equal. There are Mono-Crystalline and Poly-Crystalline as an example. People often believe that panel efficiency is the most important factor, however it is not. We are not saying it doesn’t matter, we are saying that there are many other variables to consider when calling out panel efficiency numbers that manufacturers place on the back page of their Tech Sheet. Be careful.

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3. Inverters

Solar Inverters which are electronic devices to invert Direct Current (DC) to Alternative Current (AC) Electricity. There are different types of inverters such as String Inverters, String Inverters with Optimizers and Micro Inverters. It is essential to pick the right inverter type to optimize your solar power system’s output and power production.  You will often hear salesmen try and tell you what is best because that is what they want to sell you. However there is math and science to assist you and that is why you have an Energy Advisor from the Hub.

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3. Mounting Devices

Mounting devices are mechanical equipment to secure the solar power system to your mounting plane. There are variety of mounting types such as roof mount, port mount and ground mount. Each one of these has its own application and you can click HERE to learn more about them.

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4. Monitoring System

Your monitoring system will help you find out if your system is delivering the estimated power that your contractor promised you.

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5. Balance of System

Balance of the system which consists of Wire, Cable, Conduit, DC Disconnect and the Breaker. This equipment provides the connectivity of the system as well as the required protection for the system and their are a number of various method and details in each county.  So there are indeed differences with system configuration allowances and load balances from County to County and even within the same county with different Utility Companies may exist. This is referred to as the AHJ. Ask your Energy Advisor for more on this.

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6. Smart Meters

Smart Meters are not part of the solar power system but they are necessary to connect your system to the utility grid. Going solar makes it run backwards!
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