As a planet, we get a lot of energy in the form of light and heat. The sun has been around for more than 2 billion years with its energy sustaining life from all that time.
The energy we get from it in one day is enough to satisfy our energy needs for a year. The quantity of solar energy hitting our planet over a three day timeframe is equal to all the energy stockpile in our non-renewable energy sources.
Solar energy an abundant form of natural resource which is also free yet it is only recently that the ability to harness its full potential came to light. Although it was thought of as a valuable energy source in the past, it was always neglected due to the popularity and availability of fossil fuels. Over the last few years, there has been growing demands for a cleaner energy form and the declining rate of fossil fuels was another concern. This has made us look at other alternative energy options and solar is currently on the top of that list.
When you shop around for solar power panels, you are likely to think about your options and wonder if you should do for either a cheaper or expensive system or which one of the two would be a better investment? The important thing to think about is how much for solar panels?
More often than not, new customers will make a quick decision and go for the least expensive one thinking more about the price rather than the energy output and input and the benefits associated. However it is important to really think and take a decision before going ahead as it’s quite a big one.
To determine which system is best for you, you’ll need to think about:
• How much you are willing to spend?
• How much roof space you have available?
• The power you generate and how much you use?
• Do you prefer high or low quality solar panel components?
• What you expect from your installers? On the day and after the installation?
Just like buying a car, solar panels are usually what you pay for. It’s important to realise that the cheapest system might not always be the best option whilst going for the most expensive system may be too much for what you need. It’s important to strike a balance and go for a system that cost-effective, reliable and will save you money. As there are lot of options currently available, it has become easier to choose one that will fit in with your requirements. It might be time-consuming but it is an essential step to ensure you buy the ideal system.
The main reasons for the prices of stand-alone power systems are:
This will hugely influence you overall cost. There are two main types of solar panels: thin-film and crystalline with the second one being the more expensive option.
This depends on every individual’s preference. Factors to think about are price, brand, warranty and various other aspects such as the make and model.
Batteries are an important component for solar power systems. Like solar panels, these also have many options and each with their own set of pros and cons.
These are often not thought of as important but really are. The inverter is the component that connects your solar system to your house. So this is one part where you will need to make important decisions.