How Much Solar Do I Need?

Whenever people is considering to make the switch into solar energy, first thing to know is how many panels they really need. Let's review a few things you need to ask yourself before going solar.

From your current utility bill, How much power do you want to replace with solar? Do you have a electric vehicle which needs charging? Maybe you are planning to adding a new room at your place for your kids. In any of this cases things can influence ho much solar is the right amount for your needs.


To determine how much solar panels you need to replace your current utility bill, your understanding in how much kw you've used over the past 12 months is the most important thing. Remember, when adding solar, the utility puts you on a 12 month cycle to determine how to settle your account. Let's say you used 15,000 kw over the past 12 months. Unless you change your usage habits, this is going to be your kWh average consumption.

Every person has their own habits and future needs are totally different. One person living in a home uses a different amount of power that somebody else would use at their condo. So that's why it so hard to predict how much power is needed per square foot for each person.


After finding out your kWh usage over the past 12 months, you need to consider if you want to replace the whole utility bill going solar or you can go certain % of your usage. This will tell you the right amount of solar you will need.

The final consideration to take in mind, once you have an answer of how much power you need, you need to really consider as we know already the most important question is, How much of this kWh i want to replace with solar? The idea to off grid living is producing all your own power and not buying it from any utility company, is exciting.

To learn the right answer to how much solar you need begins with understanding how much you have used in the past, adjust that amount by a prediction of how that might change in the next 12 months and beyond, and finally by deciding how much of your bill from the utility you want to replace. Leasing and Buying always plays an important role so be aware that the most of the companies have options for you.

For more information about solar panels contact Sunlux Energy.