What is the best way to install solar panels at my home?

Solar panels buy or lease

For most property owners, "going solar" is a complex decision. From the brand of the solar panels to the track record of installers, from the structural impact on the roof to aesthetic considerations, there are many factors that shape the final decision. However, one factor is more likely to trump all the others: economic return. ...

Solar Radiation and Agriculture

Solar panels are not the only things that convert solar radiation into energy. Plants have been doing this for billions of years. How can farmers make use of solar radiation data?  A huge decision farmers face is which crop to plant. This depends on a number of factors, two of which are soil moisture and the ...

What North America can learn from PVGIS

When it comes to renewable energy, Europe has traditionally been a powerhouse. Despite the recent economic hardship in the region, Europe continues to be a leader in the sector. One of the key reasons for this leadership role is the decades-long support of governments to develop core capabilities for manufacturing, installing and operating renewable energy ...

How much electricity will my solar panels produce?

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Finally the big day has arrived: after waiting months, your 10 kW solar PV system is installed and you are eagerly monitoring the initial production of your investment. Lucky for you, it's a picture perfect day for solar energy with hardly any clouds in the sky. After tallying up the production for the whole day, ...

Software for Solar Energy Investment Analysis

I often get asked about which software tools to use to determine the feasibility of a solar energy investment. Here are some of my favorite software tools (apart from our very own Discover and GO tools, of course!): RETScreen: This is a great software tool developed by Natural Resources Canada. It includes solar resource analysis as ...