If you are handy with tools you could install your own PV
panel kit and save money on electric bills. Fossil fuel companies are
now lowering their prices to become competitive with solar and wind
energy sources. PV power is now competitive with fossil fuel power. AS a
matter of fact there are some countries where electricity is now free
due to recent improvements in PV technology.
Grid tied PV systems now come with built in micro inverters. This
simplifies grid tied installation and eliminates the problem of partial
array shading. This also makes it easier for DIYers small installations.
More panels may then be added as financing allows. .
If you live in a remote area you may decide to go with a simple DC
power system and use the new LiH+Co2 batteries. Most electronic devices use
DC current. LEDs are now the standard light source. The LEDs that are now
used convert AC to DC and lose power in the process. Imagine how easy it
would be to go with a total DC system with a battery backup. In the future
direct DC voltage from a rechargeable battery may likely become the standard
for off grid systems. Another advantage of an off grid system is that the
user does not have to worry about power outages as they become more
frequent. Also the licensing for an off grid system may be easier be to get
than a grid tied system.
Once you install your own solar system you'll be in a position to
install systems for others. This is an excellent opportunity to get in on
the ground floor with this growing profession of PV installers. Check with
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) for
information on rebates in your state as well as regulations and licensing.