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This book came about from my many years experience as an independent solar installer and the thousands of questions that people have asked me when they find out I work in solar. I have put together an easy to understand and straightforward guide without the sales pitches. The tools in this book will help you avoid many of the mistakes I have seen over my career installing solar PV. You’ll get the information you need to make the solar installation process go smoothly. After reading this book, you’ll know what to expect during your solar installation and what you need to do to achieve the beautiful system you desire. If you use the tools in this book, I know you’ll have an easy and joyful time with your photovoltaic installation.

Inside you will find chapters on:

How big a solar system do you really need?

What’s the best way to pay for solar: Buy, Loan or Lease?

What type of solar equipment will work best for my situation?

What sort of warranty is there on solar?

What to look for when choosing a solar installer.

Once you’ve found your installer, I give you tips on how to best work with the installer to get the PV installation you imagined.

And after it’s installed, how do you maintain the solar system?

A solar PV system is a big and expensive decision, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult one. Many people are hesitant to deal with contractors working on their homes, but using the tools in A Consumer’s Guide to Solar you’ll learn how to do it with ease. After reading this book you’ll have the confidence to jump in and start saving with solar. There is no better day than today. You don’t need to go solar alone. Good luck and thanks for going solar.
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ISBN: 9781483534831

Congratulations! You’ve made a really smart choice to go solar. There are few things that can simultaneously lower your carbon footprint, take stress off an aging grid and offer an outstanding return on your investment. Solar is one of them. It is virtually maintenance free and once installed requires little input from you. As long as the sun shines, it just works and works.

I am an independent NABCEP certified solar designer and fabricator and renewable energy consultant. In the last nine years I have worked with dozens of solar companies and seen things that worked well and others that I would not repeat. I have distilled this experience into something helpful for the average homeowner or small business considering going solar.

This eBook came about because I am always getting inquiries about solar and energy efficiency. Instead of answering them individually as I had in the past, I thought it would be a good idea to put all this information together in a simple and compact form. It certainly will save me a lot of time. Hopefully it will make the installation process easier for you, saving you both time and money. Thanks for stepping up and doing the right thing by going solar.

Please do not share this book with others. I have made it very inexpensive so that anyone thinking about going solar can afford it. If this proves moderately successful, I have other eBooks on related topics I would like to offer. If you really want to recoup your investment in this book, you can always bargain the installer down $5. No installer will pass up a sale over five dollars.


1. How Solar Works

2. How Big a System Do You Need?

3. Buy, Loan or Lease: Paying for Solar

4. Choosing an Installer

5. Choosing Your Equipment

6. Working With Your Installer

7. Roof Attachments and Aesthetics

8. Is Your Electrical Service Up to the Task?

9. Warranties: Panels and Inverters

10. Maintaining Your System

Solar working away on a sunny Autumn afternoon

Chapter 1 How Solar Works

It’s not essential that you become an electrician to get a safe, strong, productive and well designed solar system on your house, but a little knowledge of how it works will be helpful. At present, almost all residential and small commercial PV installations use mono or polycrystalline silicon modules, string or micro inverters and aluminum racking. Most are tied to the electric grid so there is no need for batteries. There are no moving parts - except for the electrons. They require little