What better time to set your mind to a new initiative to be more in control of your electricity than now. This will be the time that you go solar! Whether your motivation centers around the economics of solar electricity or your business values to protect the environment using solar energy, or maybe some combination of the two, installing solar panels and generating portion of your own solar electricity is a worthwhile project. It’s easier than you think. Here are 5 easy steps to help you become the solar champion in your institution. With each step, you will be closer to getting ready and generating your own solar power in a matter of just a couple of months.

Step 1: Step 1 – Solar Homework

Good news is, with this article, you are almost there! Start by logging in to Sunipod Tools (They’re free!). These tools are organized to walk you step by step right from assessing what is your electricity load to more complex solar system design tools , financial assessment of solar and environmental benefits of solar tools. Play with them for free and do a little scenario exercise until you get a good idea of the exact size and type of solar power solution you need.

If you are considering a rooftop solar installation, then you should also be thinking about your roof and whether it is suitable for solar panels. Typically the weight of solar panels is spread out over a large area. Check out specifications of solar panels and you can easily calculate the weight per square feet that the solar power installation will exert on your roof. Generally speaking, the weight of quality solar modules per square feet is similar to the weight of your laptop.

Using these tools is quick and easy with the simple help available right next to each input that clearly explains what you need to do!
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