Understanding home solar power system design

solar power system design

If you are looking to install a solar power system but refuse to settle for anything but the best, you’ll want to go for high-quality equipment, including what homeowners have dubbed the best San Marcos solar panels. But if your main concern is the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of your solar power system, it is important to shed light on the inner workings of a solar power system. To understand and reap the benefits of a solar power system, you first need to understand the process of solar power system design and the purpose of each step in that process.

Determining the home’s needs

This initial step is essential as all the remaining steps depend on it. To determine the energy needs of a home, the solar contractor will have to check the utility bill prior to the installation process since it clearly states the household’s monthly watt-hour consumption.

This step also includes a survey of the home and property in order to estimate the household’s energy efficiency and find ways to reduce the current electricity consumption. There are more factors at play, like whether homeowners wish to have the backup power option, whether they have a limited budget, etc. Last but not least, inspecting the roof area, its size, stability and durability, is needed in order to decide on all future steps.

The focal point of solar power system design – PV array size

The next step is determining the size and orientation of the photovoltaic array or the size, orientation and number of solar panels and modules within them. The array needs to be adequate to meet the needs and expectations of the homeowner. The system needs to be designed in compliance with any applicable codes, preferably so as to minimize or prevent any energy loss. It is also important to choose an efficient type of inverters, used to convert DC electricity to into AC electricity.

Choosing the best solar power system design based on storage

The electrical design of your system depends on whether you want to be connected with the utility power grid but have no battery backup or be connected with the backup. In the first case, you save more on bills but the system shuts down in case of power outage. In the second case, you’ll save less but you’ll have energy storage to fall back on in case of prolonged power outages. As more and more households opt for batteries, California’s electric grid is becoming increasingly stable and modern.

Solar power system design: no longer a mystery with Action Solar

If you’re thinking of going solar, understanding the intricacies of the solar power system is of paramount importance. If the system continues to pose a conundrum, reach out to Action Solar! Our team of expert solar panel installers know everything there is to know about solar energy and they will gladly share their vast knowledge with you. They will also conduct an energy assessment to help you decide which solar power system features are ideal for you home and take care of the whole installation process, from start to finish. Give Action Solar a call today!