Your Questions About Solar Panels For Home

Susan asks…

Has anyone used portable solar panels for home use?

I found portable solar panels used for boats etc. and was wondering how I could effectly use them for my home instead. If you have used them in the past, please tell how they worked (good or bad).

ssadmin answers:

Most people think all one needs is some solar panels to make power. It doesn't usually work that way. On a boat it is easy because most boats use batteries and DC power.

If all you want to do is make DC power, you will need a battery to hook your portable unit / units to. You can then use the battery to supply power to something that uses battery power. You may need a voltage converter if the device is not 12 volt.

To use the power you get from solar panels for AC power like your house has, you need a regulator, inverter, and controller to change the DC output from the panel (s) to AC and then control the power into your electric system. You also need a unit from your electric company installed.

A decent minimal solar system for an average house may cost around $5000 – $10,000. It will take many, many years to pay back. For a full-use system with generator, it will probably take $30,000 – $40,000 IF you don't use it for air conditioning. If you live in an area where you have a lot of cloudy days, it will take many, many, many, many years to pay back.

The reason everyone isn't using solar power is because it is not cheap and has not been cost-effective for most situations. Most Americans would not like it's inconvenience at times. It is not new science. It is in use many places and well known. It is great for some applications and as fuel and electrical power cost increase it will be used more.

Don't believe the media and hollywood. They are not interested in truth. They are just interested in making you believe their way. Study and learn.

John asks…

I live in Anderson South Carolina. I want to convert my home to total solar. Where can i get solar panels from?

the price of electric was jacked up 27%. I was told this today when I called the electric company. Its 11.25 cents per kilowatt. Where can I find solar panels for my home? I think I want to convert to solar electric, and get completly off the grid. I keep my heater to 62 degreese, wear two sweaters to keep warm, and run the fireplace.

ssadmin answers:

You realize that is going to be very expensive up front. You may save money in the long run, but it will take many years. But I don't want to discourage you from helping the planet. Here is a website that can give you contact information for solar panel manufacturers:

Michael asks…

How difficult is it to make solar panels to generate electric for my home?

I've looked into making solar panels for my home and the information at says it's easy and inexpensive? Is it really? Have you ever used Earth4Energy?

ssadmin answers:

It is not to hard to make it. You will have to buy solar panels and connect them with your house… If you are good with tools you may be able to do it on your own so the only cost would be solar panels.

Helen asks…

Should the gov equip every home with Solar Panels for electricity and add this amount to taxes until paid off?

Wouldn't this actually help people in the long run?

ssadmin answers:

I'm not sure if you have heard of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy).

In a report released by Pike Research, 75% of Americans surveyed said they are interested in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. PACE is a financing arrangement run by a municipality where energy retrofits are paid through an annual special tax on the homeowner’s property tax bill, typically repaid over 15 or 20 years. 63% of those polled were most interested in using this type of financing for solar panels or tankless water heaters.

What is unique about PACE is that it allows energy retrofits to be attached to the home, not the borrower. Many homeowners don’t want to make the commitment for solar or towards energy efficiency because they aren’t sure how long they will be in their home. If for some reason, the homeowner has to move before he recovers the project cost, the liability (and benefits) will be passed on to the future owners. In addition, these improvements usually require a large cash outlay upfront. PACE gives a lot of flexibility by spreading that cost.

Nancy asks…

Mitsubishi Solar Panels For Home Installation: How Much Do The Panels Cost?

ssadmin answers:

Mitsubishi solar panels are sold in pairs. I was in the market this week, checking on solar panels to install in my own house / workshop. Here's the price list I got from online and wholesale dealers for a pair of Mitsubishi panels:

* Model MF120EC4 (120 watts) — $590
* Model MF125UE5N (125 watts) — $610
* Model MF175MF5 (175 watts) — $799
* Model MF180UD4 (180 watts) — $820
* Model MF185UD5 (185 watts) — $850

BP Solar, PowerUp Solar & GE Solar too have their own panels with a low-to-high price range. Go for BP solar panels as they're more affordable for home installation and good value for money.

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