Something I’m sure you are aware of is that switching to solar energy is a thing that is useful for our world as well as your wallet, but loads of people don’t understand what costs are involved to get going. While purchasing solar power panels will be one of the costs that you’ll incur when switching to solar power, there are other things that will have to be purchased and there are ways to save cash. The costs involved in creating a solar panel system is something we are going to be going over in this article to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Choose a Complete System
Even though many people end up going out and buying everything separately you are going to find that they do sell complete systems in order to make sure people have everything they have to get started. You’re still going to have to purchase batteries separately, because this is how you will store the energy, so even if they say they’re a complete solar panel kit you should keep this in mind. If you end up building a large solar panel system you’ll need far more batteries than if you decided to just develop a smaller solar panel system. The batteries run about $100 a piece, and you’re going to want to make sure that you are purchasing deep cycle batteries, these can be purchased in an auto parts store.
How Much Does It Cost
Something I want to mention is that traditionally it will be more expensive to buy a complete system than to go out and purchase everything separately, and these complete systems can be extremely expensive. For about $300 you are going to be able to pick up a single solar panel that will provide you with 100 W of electricity, and how many you need is determined by how large of a system you are building. For those people who are just looking to cut their electricity costs or power their house if they have a small home and they are the only ones living there, 3 or 4 solar panels should be more than enough panels. As for people who have a larger home and a larger family, in order to create all of the electricity you need you may need between 15 and 20 solar panels.
After you have your solar panels and batteries you’ll need a few other items so as to make your system complete and that would be a power inverter as well as a charge controller. Something I ought to point out is that I cannot actually supply you with a precise cost for a power inverter, because according to what size power inverter you need, will depend on exactly how much you have to pay for the inverter.
When all is said and done it is going to run you anywhere between $1000 and $1500 in order to set up a solar panel system that will contain three or four panels, the batteries as well as other incidentals. If you are one of the individuals who are not handy in any way, you’ll most likely need someone to install the system for you, and this of course is a thing that will be an added expense.