Site Survey — Avoid Solar Surprises
As good as today’s solar design tools are, they’re no substitute for getting a site survey up close. The solar industry invented many semi-automated computer programs that start with your address and your geographical location. Using satellite photos, data from your Utility, historical weather patterns, and local solar production data, we can calculate the system […]
Difference Between Solar Modules and Solar Panels
You say “panel,” I say “module” Sticklers know the difference between solar panels and solar modules. The solar module is the framed unit that contains within it the solar panels consisting of multiple solar photovoltaic (“PV”) cells. The cells are usually blue or black. Modules look pretty much like a large, chrome or black, glass-fronted, […]
“How Many Solar Panels?”
— Might Be the Wrong Question There are many reasons why counting solar modules/panels doesn’t work very well as a tool for comparing one residential solar-electric system to another. Whether evaluating an existing system or a proposed new one, the primary consideration is its electric production in kWhs. How many solar modules are there is […]
Too Many Solar Panels?
It’s not unusual for someone to purchase a home with solar already on it. Because the original purchaser of the system chose how many solar panels to install based on the needs of their household, the size may not match the needs of the new one. Additionally, there can be a misunderstanding of how the […]
Four Best Ways to Obtain Electric Power
Purchase Electricity from the Utility Purchase Power from the Utility grid Old Term: usually the rest of your life, plus 30 days, or electric debt forever Term, today: until you switch to one of the below Still the most common way to get electricity Pay for the power you use Higher rates for heavy users […]
Welcome Homeowners, Buyers and Real Estate Pros, to Solar!
Solar With Sandra This is Solar With Sandra, my new blogsite to give some solar help to real estate professionals, including agents, appraisers, loan officers, escrow and title. Solar Homebuyers and sellers, or anyone interested in the practical side of electric generation using rooftop solar, can find help, here, too. I’m new to blogging on […]