The price of solar panels has recently fallen sharply. Does lower solar power costs now make it viable? Prices updated in 2014.
Put together a solar power system design here. See the total parts list and costs based on average prices of multiple manufacturers.
Solar Power Capital Costs
Grid connected solar power:
Solar panels + grid inverter + new power meter + cables + installation - government rebates - renewable energy credits
Remote connected solar power:
Solar panels + regulator + batteries + inverter + cables + installation - government rebates - renewable energy credits
Solar Power Suggestions
- Check solar panel pricing for different sizes and manufacturers. Dollars per solar watt are currently lowest for 80, 120 and 190 watt solar panels.
- Look for Maximum Power Point Tracking for grid inverters and regulators to acheive maximum efficiencies across various solar conditions.
- Battery arrays come in various individual battery voltage formats. Compare maintenance and servicing needs.
- To further improve solar panels performance consider Solar Tracking Mounting Systems. These system follow the sun through the day.
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