Portland solar panels and DIY installation kits. Blue Pacific Solar® is an American based company for panels sold at wholesale prices typically used for grid-tie and off-grid systems. Our company takes on the challenge of helping homeowners and independent minded people create their own energy. The products you see here are not just manufactures sales pitches but seasoned systems designed by experienced solar people who have spent years field-testing equipment. We can provide all the equipment, panels and drawings necessary for both stand-alone and grid-connected installations as well as expert technical advice.
DIY solar panel kits are a cost effective way to reduce your installation costs by about 50% over installation companies. Most Portland home owners who can do simple do-it-yourself projects around the house will find it possible to install their own systems or act as their own solar contractor with Blue Pacific Solar® comprehensive technical support. By installing your own solar panels kits you reduce your costs and increase your rate-of-return investment on your system. Solar panel kits for residential and commercial owners serve three main advantages in grid-tied and off-grid systems. The first for homeowners is to reduce their cost. For the residential or commercial property owner there are large savings ahead from the monthly dread of your utility bill. The second advantage of home solar panels kits would be your hedge against inflation. Utility bills across America are on the rise and will only go higher. The third is pride of ownership while helping to conserve energy in America with less dependence on fossil fuels.
Money into your pocket now... The savings are immediate and last a lifetime... Satisfaction you are no longer a victim of rising energy costs... Pride that your family is part of the sustainability solution... Portland home solar panels help the environment... Installation designed for the average DIY homeowner... Thinking of your family’s future... Reduce America's dependence on fossil fuel... Put the power of the sun to work for you... The money you save by taking the solar leap will help the USA grow American jobs.
Many site-specific installation factors need to be considered when planning for your grid-tied or off-grid solar panel kit. Budget, available roof or ground space and other factors will heavily influence your choice of packages. If you are planning to attach your home system to your roof, first decide which solar panel size will be the best fit. Consider obstructions such as chimneys, plumbing stacks and roof vents you have on your home. Grid-tied and off-grid kits consist of solar panels, cables in conduit, racks and AC as well as DC disconnect electric boxes with switches. Types of inverters and grounding rods or methods are also a consideration. Blue Pacific Solar® can help you decide which kit is best for your house. Usually the largest system you can afford will be the most cost effective in price per watt having the best return on investment. However, even a small solar panel kit can reduce part of your utility bill putting money back into your household.
The sun over your home or commercial business is a natural source of energy for cheap electricity. Installation panel kits can lower cooling and heating costs by offsetting electric bills. Photovoltaic energy systems are hard at work anywhere the sun shines and no matter where you live you have an abundance of sunlight. Residential and commercial solar kits have no moving parts and require no maintenance lasting for decades.
DIY home installation kits start with DC electricity from sunlight. The output of solar kits varies throughout the day with changes in cloud cover and weather. The characteristics of DC electricity is different from AC current coming off the grid. Systems must utilize the entire solar day which typically is about 6 hours of useful sunlight.
Choosing the right size solar panel kit for your Portland Home. The first step you take after you have considered available roof or ground space, is to look at your home monthly average electricity usage from your electrical bill. The key number you are interested in finding is your most current 12 month total kWh (Kilowatt Hours). Because of seasonal considerations it is always a good idea to look at average daily usage from the most current 12 months utility bills. Here at Blue Pacific Solar® when we are designing a home solar kit we prefer evaluation a 12 month kWh history dividing it by 365 to get the average kWh per day. When you are designing an off-grid system you will be particularly interested in the kWh of the month of December since it has the least number of available sun hours and is usually considered as a base line factor in the design methodology.
The next step in choosing the right size solar panel kit after locating your average daily kWh usage then divide that by the number of available sun hours. For example, look to the sun map we provide. That solar irradiance that we show is compiled from 20 years of weather data and commonly used by solar companies when calculated the size of home or commercial systems. Example 18 kWh / 4.7 average sun hours = 3.8 kW x 1,000 (kW to Watts) = 3,830 watts needed.
Your 3rd step is to calculate the number of solar panels required for the right size home kit you need. Finding out how many solar modules you need is one of the final steps in sizing your home system. Take the watts needed to produce and divide the watt STC rating of the solar panel you selected, then divide that number by the inverter efficiency which is usually about .94. You now have about the total number of modules you need to size your residential or commercial solar panel kit. This method does not consider all the de-rate factors but it will get you close enough you can now look and the different systems.
Just a little more about "Portland Solar Insolation". The suns insolation is measured in kilowatt hours per square meter per day in areas throughout the world. A common term used by solar installers everywhere is "sun-hours per day". To find the average sun-hours per day in San Francisco, look at the solar insolation map provided by the team here at Blue Pacific Solar® in the LH column of our kit pages.
If you are sizing a solar panel kit for your grid tie home or off grid cabin use the lowest daily irradiance number which is December for your area. If you are looking for a utility grid-tied solar panel package with net metering, the average daily sun hours or solar insolation is what you want to use to start your planning. Either way for the best low cost solar panels for your home DIY installation or off-grid system Blue Pacific Solar® can provide you with the expertise and support to help you make the best choice for your budget.