30 Jun '11, 5am

Home Solar Systems 101

As you know, solar power is a clean, renewable source of energy that is especially well suited to home-scale installations. Homeowners interested in reducing their carbon footprint, lowering their utility bills, or even going “off grid” completely can benefit from a home solar system. I've been researching different kinds of home solar systems, and whether it makes sense to invest in residential solar or not. Home solar systems are best suited to homes in relatively sunny regions. Though solar systems do work on cloudy or overcast days, they are not as efficient. Solar systems are most commonly placed on the roof – a great way to use otherwise unused space – and work most efficiently on flat or sloped roofs with good southern exposure. If the roof is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar installations, ground mounted systems are available. Using an online solar calculat...

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