Before making a choice on how many solar panels you use make a list of all the electrical appliances you use and the wattage and hours utilized by each one. This will be helpful in determining how much solar power you will need. No matter if you decide to install the equipment yourself or have someone else do it, this information will help your choices.
If you only want to go partially solar, look at small-scale applications for this energy source. There are two ways to do this. First, find solar panels you can mount on or at windows to recharge portable electronics. The other way is to buy camping tools like lanterns and cooking equipment that is solar powered. Every small thing that you do saves you a little money and helps the environment.
This is a simple Joule Thief like circuit that works as a solar night light.
Don't assume that you have to live in the desert to use solar panels on your roof. If your roof expanse gets a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight on an average day, there is likely a solar panel installation that can generate electricity for your home or building.
Always use non abrasive cleansers on your solar panels. An abrasive cleaner can scratch the surface of the panel and cause permanent damage and affect how well the solar panel works. There are commercial cleaning solutions to use or you can use a pool skimmer with a very soft cloth on it.