Looking for a new solar power system for your home or business? Not sure which company to choose to design and install your system? You’re not alone. Potential solar clients do have myriad options when it comes to choosing who to install their system. Many companies deploy a one-size-fits-all consultation service, which typically results in more costs passed on to the client. At West Coast Solar, the ultimate goal is to keep solar simple. Want to learn about the five main factors of any solar power system design? Not sure what type of equipment and parts are involved in installation? Read on to find out!

There are five main design factors West Coast Solar reviews for a client:

Energy goals

How much energy do you use on average with your current system? This is a major factor in how large your solar power system needs to be. If you use above average, you may need a larger system. Conversely, if you use less than average, you could potentially leverage a smaller system.


How much direct sunlight does your roof and/or property provide? A custom solar system design can take advantage of any and all sunlight you get on your property, whether that be on your roof or somewhere else on the property.

Area size

Your solar power system will require space to install. Generally, an entire solar panel set can fit on a client’s roof. In some scenarios, a system may need to be set up somewhere with more space on the property.


It’s important to go into a solar power design with a budget in mind. The starting point may adjust as the process proceeds, but at least you have an idea of how much the entire design and install will cost.

Also remember that the investment tax credit rebate offers up to 30% off on a solar power setup on your home, which can reduce the cost significantly.

Setup orientation

This is a general walkthrough of how the installation will take place. The scheduling and timeline of everything will be set prior to any engineers or installers visiting the client’s home. A part of the orientation is simply getting the client on the same page as West Coast Solar so there is little to no confusion.

Solar Panel Installation


Solar panels

Photovoltaic (PV) panels allow for the collection of sunlight and changing it ultimately into alternating current. But first, the energy is transferred to an inverter, where it’s changed from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is usable by your home or office for use.

Mounting and rails

It’s important for solar panels and the necessary accessories to be securely mounted to the roof of your home. This is accomplished with specialized mounts and railings to ensure wind or other factors cannot dislodge the panels.

Electrical wiring

The wiring carries the energy from the panels to the inverter; from the inverter to the electrical service panel; from the electrical service panel into the home or business.


The inverter is what changes the sunlight from DC into AC, which is then delivered to the homeowner’s electrical service panel.

What to expect from your solar power system

The power output of solar panels are typically measured in wattage. The wattage can be seen either on the panel or in the spec sheets for the panels. If you’re not sure about the wattage of any one panel or how much you may use, ask a West Coast Solar specialist. Usage is dependant on the family and the home, which is why a custom solar power design is important for each and every client.