Solar System Design and Installation

Solar System Design and Installation

Whether you plan to DIY Solar, or you just want to understand how solar panels systems are designed and installed, we’ve got help. Learn more about sizing and installation of off grid solar, grid tie solar and grid tie solar with battery backup (grid hybrid solar).

In this section, learn about:

– General Solar System Design
– Grid Tie Solar System Design
– Grid Tie Solar with Batteries
– Off Grid Solar Systems
– Solar Systems – Solar Panel Racking
– Mobile and Tiny Home Solar

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How to Size a Grid Tie Solar System Part 1

Learn how to calculate what size of grid tie solar system you need in our two part article series.

How to Size a Grid Tie Solar System Part 2

In How to Size a Grid Tie Solar System Part 1, we showed you a simple way to get a ballpark idea of how much solar you need. In Part 2, we get more precise.

Why Product Reliability is Critical When You Live Off the Grid

When you live off the grid you need a power system you can depend on. Choosing reliable equipment is key so you have power when you need it.

Solar for Tiny Homes

Solar power works similarly for tiny homes as it does for the average home, however some flexibility is necessary. Though space for equipment is a constraint, there are options available to you.

Essential Loads in a Nutshell

Emergency backup power systems are independent sources of electrical power that support your essential loads when grid power is down.But what exactly is an essential load?

5 Considerations for Mobile Power Systems

If you are interested in a reliable mobile power system that includes solar, there are a few key things to keep in mind during the design process.

Researching Your Local Solar Requirements

Researching your local requirements before installing your DIY solar ensures your power system is safe, effective, and legally compliant.

How Much Solar Do I Need?

Contrary to popular belief, how much solar you need is not dependent on your home size. So how then do you determine how much solar you need?

Major Off Grid Solar System Components

Becoming familiar with the basic off grid solar system components can help you feel more confident when speaking with an installer or product seller.

AC Coupling: Adding Batteries to a Grid Tie Solar System

You already have solar but want power during a utility outage. Now what? AC coupling allows you to keep your existing solar system and add energy storage.

Major Grid Tie Solar System Components

If you are new to solar energy, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Learn about the major grid tie solar system components.

Types of Ground Mount Solar

FMS has ground mount solar options for mounting your solar system on your property so you can get all the benefits of going solar without using your roof.

New Construction Solar Design Tips

Building a new home and want to include solar electricity? We offer some new construction solar design tips to get the most out of your investment.

What Type of Solar Power System is Right for You?

Not sure what type of solar power system is right for you? Use our flowchart below to help you determine which system will help you meet your power goals.

Solar System Sizing Myths

Knowing what’s important when sizing a solar panel system is important. We debunk some of the most common solar system sizing myths to help.

Off Grid Solar Load Calculator – How Much Power Do I Use?

Not sure how much power you need? Use Fire Mountain Solar’s Off Grid Solar Load Calculator to determine your how much electricity you use.

Sizing an Off Grid Solar System

Accurate sizing of an off grid solar system is critical to make sure you have the power you need when you need it.

Solar Insolation Map for Photovoltaics: Determining Your Peak Sun Hours

Knowing the average sun hours in your area is a key step in sizing your solar system. Our chart can help.

Solar Off the Roof – Ground and Pole Mounted Solar

Roof mounted solar panels are the most common type of solar installation, but what if you can’t or don’t want to use your roof? You have options!

Solar System Sizing, Solar Components

What size solar system do I need? Learn the basics about solar system sizing and about major solar system components from FMS.

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need for My Home?

How many solar panels you will need depends on how much energy you use. Read our guide to learn more about sizing your solar system.

Solar Panel Mounts & Trackers

Which solar panel mounts or racking is best will mostly depend on where you are installing your solar array; on your roof, the ground, or on a pole.