Top 7 Mistakes Newbies Make Going Solar – Avoid These For Effective Power Harvesting From The Sun

People make these 7 mistakes over and over again when they decide to buy their first solar panel system.

****I know refrigerators do not run continuously all day every day. But they DO run any time day or night. That necessitates a battery for energy storage and an inverter powerful enough to handle high current, neither of which are included in any retail solar kit.****

In this video, we’ll discuss how to avoid these 7 deadly sins of solar. Whether that is a 10W starter kit system or a full blown whole house grid tied system, these all pretty much apply across the board. Make sure you don’t fall into these or you will waste a bunch of money.

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20 Responses to Top 7 Mistakes Newbies Make Going Solar – Avoid These For Effective Power Harvesting From The Sun

  1. Robert Schilling says:

    yup. good vid for the beginner. guess what. also a good vid for advanced users. makes a nice check reference for one's system. good job!

  2. Hans Maulwurf says:

    A fridge only works 24h if you leave the door open all the time…

  3. NW Lady says:


  4. pedro97w says:

    As a pilot, I see many solar farms.
    Why are so many sited on what where pastures or meadows? Grassland is a natural solar collector and could be sequestering carbon …

    Why not site them over parking lots so motorists can park in the shade or over large buildings so the shade could reduce the AC costs?

  5. Rain Country says:

    Excellent reminders in a nut shell to folks adding to their system as well, thanks.

  6. Tyler Page says:

    70 Degrees optimal? the cooler the better, 70 is way off my PV-1 scales compared to say…..35 degrees . @ 500 IRR. hands down will produce more than 70 degrees with a 500 IRR. i'm unsure what you are meaning "optimal" at 70 deg. 70 is just the usual controlled setting panels are tested at with 400 IRR. of artificial sunlight .

  7. Isiah Friedlander says:

    Latter Day Saint reliance

  8. Patrick Foley says:

    Watching this is not good PR for solar. Sheesh what a downer!

  9. - - says:

    a break thorough will come and we are changing over

  10. American freedom says:

    Very well done , honest ,Good video ,this could change everything . the POI. and energy savings ,water savings and on or off grid possibilities .

  11. Anil P says:

    Will you ever realise what a great video you made. Though you did not go into details two facts stand out. One is about the power demands of modern homes and the second is about the quality of cheap equipment. We should first be ready to step down from our fancy coolers and heaters. For eg, use a refrigerator which consumes not more than 250 kw per year. Thanks.

  12. Evil Dude says:

    number 6 doesnt only apply to solar, its a life rule.

  13. Asia Streets says:

    Fridge 600watt?? I measure my fridge around 70 watt/h with a watt meter

  14. Steve rivera says:

    can i run 12- 345 solar panels 4140 watts 4048 inverter on a Schneider MPPT 60-150 solar charger controller? or does in have to be 4000 watts or less

  15. Oscar Lechuga says:

    Excellent report Sir. Very educational and informative.
    Thank you Sir, very much.

  16. Everett Leonard says:

    my plans for solar is a small simple design. I just want it for low voltage(12v led) lighting along side my 120vac lights. also probably 12v power outlets for cell phone and tablet charging and maybe a 12v outlet in garage for car battery charging. just a for a "piece of mind" during a power outage I will still have lights and a phone along with wood stove I could survive a winter power outage as well. If you are good with electronics computers and TV's actually run on 12dc just have to know where to tap into them on the boards

  17. gwensf says:

    How do I know which panels are best for my climate and situation: Mono vs. Poly? I live in inland California which gets hot.

  18. Umair Aamir says:

    Sir can we install same system both pannel one is polycristal and one is monocristal pannel same power

  19. AndroidGuyPro says:

    So you can have solar paners for whole home? What about nights? Can you storage electricity?

  20. Bycycle says:

    First lesson of thermodynamics: you can't produce or consume energy, only transformed. If you consume 100kWh of electricity, you will nearly get 100kWh of heat. Therefore: Changing from standard bulb to LED don't "really save energy. It reduce your electricity consumption. In summer, you will get a double advantage: less using the AC. In wintertime (when it is earlier darker), your light will produce heat. Going to LED means you will have to increase the heater in wintertime. 😉

    Please: yes! We have to go solar! In fact we have to use all renewable type of power – while in most places of the earth, geothermal power is not renewable. If all your neighbours are on geothermal and you are not located e.g. in Iceland you may get a frozen underground with no heat to take out. So yes, Geothermal is not a sustainable source of heat!

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