This summer we moved to our new villa in Al Furjan. After spending a fortune on furnishing and decorations, we had to turn our attention to the bills! They were astronomical! We needed to save on the energy bills. Of course everyone knows the boring bullet point lists, but once you get past these a whole new world opens up. Its solar power! We live in the UAE, where the sun shines brightly and the skies are blue. So why not use the bounty nature has given us, especially when it is free? The most expensive part of going solar is paying for the equipment. The guys at Sankalp Equipment Trading made us understand the cost of solar panel system, plus tips on how you can save money. Type of Panels: The more efficient the solar panel, the more expensive it is. In most cases you actually don’t need the most efficient equipment to produce all the electricity that your home needs. Type of Inverter: There are three main types of inverters; centralized inverters, string inverters, and power optimizers. Centralized inverters serve the whole system, while string inverters and power optimizers are attached to each panel in a system. String inverters and power optimizers are generally more expensive than centralized inverters. Again, think of how efficient of a system you really need. Type of Mounting System: A solar energy system can be installed on the roof of a building or on the ground. If the system is installed on the ground, it can be equipped with a tracking system to maximize its energy production. A more complex mounting system will increase your costs, so think about what’s really necessary for your own installation. Remember that you’ll want to have the solar panels facing south at a 30-degree angle for maximum production. The SET guys told us about a range of products like home and garden lighting, pumps, solar cookers and the great discounts they were offering. By taking simple steps, we can significantly lower the costs of installing a solar energy system. Remember, the lower these upfront costs are, the faster that we’ll reach breakeven and start to save good money. We invested and are about to break even. So what are you waiting for?.