Whether a home solar electric system will work for you depends on the available sun (resource), available space for the system size you need, the economics of the investment, and the local permits required.

To help evaluate whether a home solar electric system will work for you, you should consider the following:

  1. Your available solar resource -- do you have clear and unobstructed access to sunlight for most or all of the day, throughout the year?
  2. The system size -- do you have a roof or area large enough to accommodate it?
  3. The economics -- is it worth the investment?
  4. Local permits and covenants -- are there any issues with installing a system?


Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaic cells convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

Advantages of Solar Energy
Renewable Energy Source. Among all the benefits of solar panels, the most important thing is that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. ...
Reduces Electricity Bills. ...
Diverse Applications. ...
Low Maintenance Costs. ...
Technology Development. ...
Cost. ...
Weather Dependent. ...
Solar Energy Storage Is Expensive.

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