Install a solar PV system
Installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system allows you to produce some or all of your home's electricity and sell back any surplus to us, your utility. Solar panels offer protection from rising fuel prices and capture renewable energy from the sun.
Choosing a contractor:
Contractors not only install your system, they also advise you on the correct size, efficiency, and placement for your system. Helpful terms:
Solar PV systems are measured according to the maximum amount of power they can generate at one time. A 1-kilowatt system will offset a portion of your energy bill, while a 5-kilowatt system can completely supply an average home.
Good to know:
- Estimate your solar potential. Try using this solar potential calculator. You can enter your zip code or location as well as specific solar PV system information (or use the default) and it will tell you approximately how much solar energy (kWh) can be produced each year in your area.
- Planning steps. See DOE's webpage for steps you can follow when you are thinking about installing solar panels.
- Take advantage of incentives and rebates. Look for federal, state, and local rebates.
- Remember to take care of permits. Secure permits from your local government and home owners association where required.
- Reduce energy needs before installing. Improving your insulation or purchasing an efficient heating or cooling system first will make your solar PV system more cost-effective in meeting your home's electricity needs.