The IDEAL angle & direction for a solar panel is probably not the
angle and direction of your roof:(
The cost to buy, install and maintain probably exceed the life
expectancy of the product.
they cant generate enough electric to pay for themselves before they
die of old age.
if your in say phoenix arizonia you have a better chance of $ than say
Your probably better off putting up some panels to heat water, they
have a shorter payback and check local codes, some yuppie municipalties
think they are ugly and have rules against them:(
Or your neighbors may get mad thinking they decrease nearby home
Too bad they arent more fiancially effective
All that hallerb says is true.
Here's an easier proposition:
If you can get them, per square foot, for less than the
cost of solar panels ( $6 per square foot), you might
consider it. Otherwise stick to solar panels, which are
cheaper and last longer, if you are BOUND AND DETERMINED
to use solar power......
But, you'll be a lot better off by just reducing your electric
If your utility company or a government agency is not offering any sort of
rebate or tax incentive then it is probably not financially viable. New
Jersey has one of the best financial incentive programs in the nation,
however the system must be approved by the power company. The system must
be set up to gain maximum sun exposure.
Please keep in mind that these systems require maintenance. Solar panels go
bad on occasion and must be replaced. If you are serious about doing this,
there are installers who specialize in these systems and are aware of any
financial incentive programs in your area. Talk to as many people as
possible. Ask to see other homes with photovoltaic systems and talk to the
A photovoltaic system is not a substitute for a home generator unless you
add a bank of batteries which will add to the installation cost and the
I think one thing is certain; utility rates will continue to rise.
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