Before you invest in solar energy, check out these tips on assessing your unique solar window to decide if solar energy makes sense for your site.
Solar energy is a popular and rapidly growing industry, and it's well worth the investment as long as you ensure that solar energy is appropriate for your site.
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Your location's access to the sun, referred to as its solar window, changes throughout the course of the year, making a solar analysis of your site the first step in determining the possibility of using solar energy.
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A solar site analysis for the entire year can be done with a variety of tools, perhaps the niftiest of which is the Solar Pathfinder. A clear dome reflects any potential obstructions and projects them onto the path of the sun for each individual month.
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In "A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office," Stephen and Rebekah Hren explain the options of solar electric and solar thermal systems so property owners can make the right choices both for their energy needs and their financial security.
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Tilt angle, azimuth, and insolation all factor into the potential power production of your solar array.