Cost Factors Of A Solar Panel System

Ean GoodguyAugust 14, 20181670

Cost Factors Of A Solar Panel System

When you are building a complex system, such as a solar panel system for your home or business, one must consider that several variables will impact the final cost.

Solar Installation Type

Roof mounts are attached with racks to enduring constructions. Ground mounts and carports require supplementary posts that must be secured into the ground. This usually results in higher labor and part costs.

Type Of Solar Equipment

Solar Panels

There are two primary considerations with solar panels:  power density and color.  Power density is the volume of power that a solar panel can generate per unit of size.  For example, a solar panel that is the same size may provide between 300-400 watts, depending on the power density.  Ordinarily speaking, the more power dense the panel, the higher price per watt. Color is the other characteristic of solar panels. The primary panel has a blue cell, white back sheet, and silver frame.  Modules with black frames, black back sheets, or black cells are usually more pricey.  

Solar String Inverters

Panels are joined together in one or more combinations. Each group supplies into one string inverter, feeding several panels into one inverter. String inverters tend to be more price-effective than other kinds of inverters.

Solar Micro Inverters

Microinverters are installed on each panel. Although this variety of inverter has its benefits, they lead towards being the most costly type of inverter.

Solar Power Optimizers

Power optimizers have many of the privileges of micro-inverters.  They are ordinarily more expensive than string inverters but less costly than micro-inverters.

Solar Roof Type

Solar can be installed on metal, shingle, and even roofs. Each one demands different components and varying levels of labor. Shingle roofs require a special flashing part to attach the panel mounting rack to the roof. For a ribbed or standing seam metal roof, the racking is attached right to the metal. Panels are installed on a horizontal roof using a ballast mount – a plate held in position by a cement block.

Solar Energy Consumption

Most solar systems are created to offset as much energy usage that makes sense financially. The more energy production needed, the more panels and equipment the system will need.

Shading Solar

Depending on how much shading a system will be opened to will influence the amount and location of the panels. If an order is installed in an enclosure with shading, it may need additional panels to meet the customer’s energy coverage requirements. On the opposite, a system that is in full sun could produce the same amount of power with fewer panels.

Weather And Solar

Weather patterns in particular regions are varied. Some locations receive extra sun than others. Other regions get more snow. Many good solar panel systems are designed with this data in cognizance and that will influence the system size and the necessary equipment.

This information lends insight into the all-time low prices witnessed in the solar industry. There is no better time than now for you to go solar. HahaSmart can help you get the deals on solar you have been looking for. Have a start with our price checker tool to see how much money you can save over the next decade by making the switch to clean renewable energy for your home!

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