Your Questions About Solar Panels For Home

James asks…

solar panels for my home.?

How much would it cost (approximately) to convert my home (3 bed. 2 bath) to a green home that is run entirely upon solar panels on my roof? From the panels through installation does anyone know a price break down?

ssadmin answers:

Check your electric bill, and see how many kilo watt hours you have been using for the last year. That will give you a clue as to how many panels you will need in the array,and how many batteries you will need, what size inverter is needed plus would you want a true sine wave or modified.And that's just for starters. But of course you might get a break from your electric Co.(Rebate) also from your state,and possibly something from the Feds.

I have installed on the travel trailer a 125 watt panel($850) a 22amp.charge controller ($145) a pair of Trojan 425 watt 6 volt batteries ($300 each) and a 2000 watt inverter modified sine wave ($2000).The only thing I can not run with this set up is the A/C which requires 3000 watts of power. So as you can see your project could get very expensive. I hope this sheds enough light on the subject for you.

Linda asks…

Thinking green and was curious bout making a home made solar panel? can you help?

Was curious for reasons im not even sure why but i was wanting to find out all i can bout making a home made solar panel…

Just want to see if it'll work and for my own curiousity

ssadmin answers:

There are several plans you can find at www.instructables.com. They have easy to follow step-by-step instructions with pictures and it is free.

Here are some

http://www.instructables.com/id/EEOGXIWF54HOEVD/

http://www.instructables.com/id/E0IOMTRF5GE26B5/

http://www.instructables.com/id/EJ0T8OGF3KRXIPG/

Charles asks…

Why not Solar Energy for homes? How can I get Panels? Difficulties with them?

Does anyone know why people don't do this? There is a house that I saw on the news that is so energy efficient that the Solar panels paid for themselves in the first year. Plus on occassion the electric company has to buy the surplus electricity produced back from the home owner.

ssadmin answers:

Solar energy for homes is great however there's somet things that have to be taken into account.

If you live in souther california you get enough sun enough days of the year, if you live in some area that you have lots of cloudy days then they don't do any good.

If the area is prone to hail (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, etc) then you're going to have chunks of ice flying at your expensive solar panels breaking them.

People when they're originally building a home look at the up front cost, this is the reason you see so many people bitching about their heating and cooling bills. If they would have spent maybe 10% more they would have had a much higher level of insulation and would be saving a large amount of money. They'd probably also have more efficient heating, cooling, and electrical systems.

Am i saying it's a bad idea to put up solar panels, no, if you're in the right area then go for it, but people want something for nothing and it may look good or be in a good neighborhood but the operation costs are going to be high.

Daniel asks…

Why isn't the federal government willing to subsidize solar energy panels for homes?

Some states like TX and NJ will subsidize solar energy 40% worth.
But the technology to date has been quite costly in spite of these states' subsidizing the cost. However, solar energy is starting to turn the corner cost-effectively in the past year or two.
Why is there no serious encouragement from the federal gov't to encourage homeowners to install solar energy panels by offerering subsidies or rebates for installing it?
Would this be a good idea?
SHOULD the federal gov't give rebates of 40% to homeowners who install solar panels on their homes?

ssadmin answers:

Great idea…but the time hasent come yet.

Sandy asks…

Why isn't the federal government willing to subsidize solar energy panels for homes?

Some states like TX and NJ will subsidize solar energy 40% worth.
But the technology to date has been quite costly in spite of these states' subsidizing the cost. However, solar energy is starting to turn the corner cost-effectively in the past year or two.
Why is there no serious encouragement from the federal gov't to encourage homeowners to install solar energy panels by offerering subsidies or rebates for installing it?
Would this be a good idea?

ssadmin answers:

Great idea…but the time hasent come yet. I came accross a new, proven and tested home made wind power system and solar power system which eliminates our electricity bills. It was written by a Renewable energy enthusiasts Michael Harvey the diy called Earth4energy. You can get your copy to save energy and help environment while eliminating your power bills. Get it from here:

http://how-to-build-cheap-solar-energy.blogspot.com/

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