Solar Electricity for the Home, Farm, and Business

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Solar Electricity for the Home, Farm, and Business is a series of factsheets designed to help you determine if a solar electric system will work for you.

 

Overview of Series

  1. Introduction: Basic educational information, myth busting, and orientation.
  2. Building & Site Assessment: Building and site conditions to consider.
  3. Conservation & Efficiency: Conserving and using energy more efficiently can reduce the system size and cost.
  4. System Components: Provides detailed information about system options and components.
  5. System Sizing: Proper sizing is important for a resource-efficient and cost-effective system. Includes a Panel and System Sizing Worksheet.
  6. Costs: System costs depend on various factors. Rebates and incentives lower the cost.
  7. Installation: Finding and hiring a contractor and considerations for operations and maintenance.
  8. Electricity Use Worksheet
     

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Thank you!

This series was adapted from the series, E3A: Exploring Energy Efficiency & Alternatives, specifically the section “Solar Electricity for the Home, Farm, and Ranch.” Thanks to University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service, Montana State University Extension, and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) for making this publication available to University of Minnesota Extension. The full and original publication covering energy efficiency and more renewable energy technologies is available at http://www.e3a4u.info. Thanks is also due to Minnesota technical reviewers Jack Kluempke, Brian Ross, and David Schmidt.
 

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Dan Thiede at 612-626-0556 or thie0235@umn.edu, Lissa Pawlisch at 612-624-2293 or pawl0048@umn.edu, or Alexis Troschinetz at 612-626-0455 or atroschi@umn.edu.

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Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission