DIY Solar Panels for your home – save big

Have you been thinking about installing solar panels for your home, but been discouraged because the cost is too high? Gary Reysa “Here in Montana, my family and I saved 40 percent on the cost of a solar electric system by buying a kit and doing the installation ourselves”.

One notable feature of our solar power system is that it uses the relatively new micro-inverter technology. With this system, each photovoltaic (PV) panel has its own grid-tied inverter that is mounted right by the panel. This kind of system is easier for do-it-yourselfers to install, and has other advantages, such as less sensitivity to partial shading, power output optimization for each PV panel, and the flexibility to start small and grow the system as time and budget allow.

We decided to go with a grid-tied system, which is much more cost effective than an off-grid system. One advantage is that you don’t have to buy batteries, which are expensive and have to be replaced from time to time. You can also choose to install a smaller, less expensive system that generates just a portion of your electricity. On the downside, grid-tied systems provide no electricity when the power grid is down.

read more at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/solar-power/solar-panels-for-your-home-zm0z11zphe.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09.30.15%20MEN%20DIY%20eNews&utm_term=DIY%20eNews

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