Solar System Design: What to Know Before You Start
Proper solar system design is essential to ensure successful and safe do-it-yourself photovoltaic systems that generate the maximum amount of power. Check out these tips for planning a DIY solar power system to get started.
Having a grid-tied solar system design allows you to sell excess energy back to the utility company, banking that energy for overcast days when your system may not be able to keep up with the house load.
Chart courtesy Doug & Jennie Ostgaard
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built their own solar power system, and in "DIY Photovoltaic Solar Power for Homeowners," they share the details of the design and build process as well as the wiring schematics and solar energy calculations they used for their DIY solar power system.