How Many Panels Do I Need?

How Many Panels Do I Need For My Solar System?

The first thing someone asks when they begin to research the logistics of a solar system is “How many panels do I need?” There are 3 main factors to consider when figuring out how many solar panels your home or commercial space might need.

1. Current Cost?

On average, how much do you spend on your utility bills?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average North and South Carolina resident spends around 113 to 140 dollars in electricity per month.

That is an estimated1,042 to 1,042 kWh per monthly consumption.

2. Location?

The location of your home or commercial building is also a key factor in the number of solar panels that will be installed.

For North and South Carolina residents, an ideal home for great solar use should have a minimal amount of shade on the roofing.

Each property and house may need to be tailored to a certain level of customization.

3. How much energy do you want to conserve?

A large misconception with renewable energy is that it eliminates all costs.

Depending on if your household or commercial space goals with solar are to eliminate cost or become net-zero is also a large factor.

Regardless, it is always important to make an effort to conserve energy and resources!

Still wondering, “How many panels do I need?”

When researching a solar system for your home, there are a few things to consider. Depending on your location, living situation, and goals will all play into how many solar panels your home or commercial location will need.

At Renu, we plan to achieve the best results for you or your business. If you’re ready to convert to solar energy, book a consultation today!



Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home or Business

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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