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solar panel tracker systems, do they make sense?

As the sun travels across its sun path each day a stationary solar panel system has significant efficiency disadvantages compared to a tracker solar panel system. A tracker solar power system can increase solar panel efficiency by 40% by following the path of the sun through out the day. Although tracking systems doubles the total price of a system and requires more yearly maintenance compared to a stationary system. The suns path in the sky varies through the seasons (summer and winter), elevation, and time of day a solar tracker system can keep your solar panels pointed towards to sun through out the whole day. For the typical home or small business solar panel system installation, a stationery system makes most financial sense, unless you have the funds to cover the upfront cost of the tracker system. Residential tracker systems are becoming more efficient a cheaper, although at this point of time, tracker systems only make sense in large commercial or industrial installations. EI Solutions, the company that installed the solar power system on the Google campus, has recently started to design solar panel tracking systems that require less maintenance, called the ray tracker. We met the engineers of the ray ticker at the ASES 2008 conference and feel they have a great product to help the commercial and industrial scale photovoltaic...

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5 aspects to consider besides price when shopping for solar or wind power

Many consumers think its all about price when making a decision when buying a solar panel or wind power system, although that is concept is far from reality. When investing in renewable energy equipment, you’re making a long term investment therefore the consumer should look for the best overall value in their purchase rather than comparing quotes based on price soley. Aspects you should consider before purchasing: 1. what is the warranty on the products? 2. Is there post sales technical support? 3. Does the company mention permitting and interconnection agreements (if grid-tied) 4. How is the level of service? Does the company respond to my request quickly? 5. Does the company have a return policy? If you ask the questions above, you’ll be able to save money in the long run by getting a better overall value and acutally succeed in installing the equipment properly. I’ve seen many times consumer purchase a system and it ends up sitting in the garage because they have no support or help from the company they purchased their products from. We make the process of going solar easy at gogreensolar.com and deliver a valuable experience for the people who choose to establish relationships with...

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Factors that make or break your investment in a solar panel system

Everyone dreams of solar power to eliminate their entire bill, although when people see prices for a system that can eliminate their entire bill they often never talk about solar power agian because of the sticker shock. Even if you have the money to buy the biggest solar power system for your home or business, it does not mean you’ll be able to, because you may not have enough surface are to install the panels. A rule of thumb is for a 1 kilowatt (kW) solar power system, you need 100 square foot of surface area. Some of the most motivated consumers who want solar power very badly and have the money don’t qaulify because their project site: has shading issues from trees and other obstrcutions. does not have southern exposure. don’t have enough suface area to install solar panles. Sometimes solar power doesnt make sense if the cost per kilowatt hour you are paying the utility company is very cheap in your area. The number one reason consumers buy solar power systems is because they make sense financailly, therefore when investigating if solar power is right for you, start off with your electric bill, figure out how you are being charged and how much per kWh (kilowatt hour). This information will play a cricital role in analyzing if solar power will work financially for...

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Brace yourself for raising energy costs!

So you think what you’re paying at the gas pump is expensive? Oil is booming at its all time high and more Americans are concerned with their cost at the gas pump, but pain doesn’t stop there. Energy has been increasing 6% a year, and since oil is at its all time high, people please brace yourself for more expensive electric, natural gas and heating oil bills. The pain will continue as you see your monthly electric bill go out of control. If you think of your energy expenses holistically (electric bill, natural gas, and gas at the pump) energy as a portfolio of expenses will start eating up your monthly budget. There are alternatives! Now is the perfect time to hedge yourself from raising energy costs. Solar panels and wind power are perfect ways to reduce your energy bills and get you a step further to becoming more energy independent while helping the...

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The Myth of the Zero Electric Bill

Every consumer who is thinking about solar power always dreams of the day they won’t receive an electric bill from their utility. Once the typical consumer finds out the cost of a solar power system that eliminates their entire bill, they face what we in the industry call, “sticker shock” Well, there are a certain class of consumers in which money isn’t really a problem for, if they have the surface space there is a potential for solar power to supply their entire electrical usage. Even if you have all the money in the world and buy a system that produces more that what you use, if you are grid connected you will always receive an electric bill from your utility company. Your utility charges you a monthly fee just to have their outdated meter calculating your usage and what you send back into the gird. The typical meter access fee is around a month, but the fee depends on your utility company. So if your thinking about a grid connected solar power system, but and your assuming you’ll never see an electric bill, think...

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Shopping around for solar power.

It’s always best to get multiple quotes when making any major purchasing decision and its common when making a large investment such as a renewable energy system. It’s recommended that consumers get multiple quotes when shopping for renewable energy services and products by the department of energy itself. But the problem is that most consumers don’t compare product quotes apples to apples. Many times the lower priced quote may not be all what it seems to be when you start comparing the real facts. A consumer should compare products and complete solar power systems with the following in mind: 1. How many watts are the solar power systems being quoted? 2. What type of warranty are the products backed by? 3. How about after sales support? Will the retail outlet or service provider be responsible for your questions after the sale? 4. What is the output quoted? Is the same output shown on a competitive quote? Are both quotes using the same standard in quoting the output of the solar panel or wind turbine? 5. Which organization gets back to your emails / phone call faster? There are many times consumers in this industry shop for the lowest price and regret it afterwards. In the renewable energy industry its better to shop for the best value compared to the lowest price. The lowest price many times ends up costing more in the long run, therefore when comparing two quotes make sure you are comparing...

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