Decide whether you want to be on or off the power grid. Many people look forward to getting "off the grid" when they switch to solar power, however this may not be the best choice. Staying on your power grid means that when you have poor sunlight conditions you have the ability to purchase additional power when you need it. As a bonus, when you produce more power than you use, you can sell the excess back to the utilities.
Solar panels must be cleaned regularly. If your home is in a filthy region or close to the desert, they should be hosed weekly. Regardless of air born dirt and dust, you should do a through cleaning every couple months. Clean solar panels are productive solar panels.
I decided to get Solar Panels in July of 2011, and now with almost 7 years of data, I thought I’d share my finding, and what you can expect if you decide to go with …
Once your panels are in place, keep an eye on them and monitor them regularly. Get to know what you daily output of energy is, what everything looks like when operating optimally and even keep a record of such things. This can help you quickly notice when something isn't working correctly and help you ascertain where the problem is.