Photovoltaic Tutorial:

Step-By-Step Guide to Going Solar

The purchase and installation of a solar electric system starts with plenty of research and planning. Even if you hire a solar company or certified installer to do the work, your informed participation will insure that quality products get installed at a competitive price, with the right system size chosen and placed at an optimum orientation to the sun. Whether you're a homeowner, photovoltaics student, contractor or installer, this guide will walk you through the site survey, energy audit, design phase, system sizing, installation and other steps involved. Be sure to read the general Tutorial first .

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While this tutorial focusses on a residential grid-tied system with no battery backup, much of the information also applies to an off-grid or grid-tied-with-battery-backup scenario. For each step, you'll find brief instructions, diagrams and graphics, math calculations, occasional videos and links to other online resources.

Don't forget to download our free sizing worksheets, if you have the MS Excel program on your computer. If you're a homeowner and would like an independent appraisal of your home's potential, check out our solar assessment service. If you're a small contractor or thinking about starting a solar business, please visit our business support page.

Step 1: Rule out any potential showstoppers

There are a few restrictions that preclude the purchase and installation of a solar electric system. Many of these obstacles you can work around, however, so here's a heads up:

For answers to many other questions regarding residential solar, check out this FAQ from SunPrime Energy of Pennsylvania. Most solar companies can brief you on all the rules and ordinances applicable for your area.

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Continue to Step 2... (Review building, electric, fire and safety codes.)

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