Solar panels are one of the hottest things right now. No matter whom you are or where you live solar panels are just one of those things you wish your building had. The energy from the sun is clean, and more importantly does not cost anything after you have everything installed. Installing them however, is not as easy as it looks.
Solar panels seem to be going down in price lately, which is a huge problem because no one wants to spend more then they need to, however not buying a solar panel and putting it off will never get you solar power. So sometime you are going to have to take the plunge and buy a solar panel.
If you have not bought your solar panel already you want to look at your power company, many power companies are unwilling to let you patch the solar panel into your system and sell electricity back to them, it is just not something they want you to do. If you have an electric company who is unwilling to attach your solar panels, you will have to install a dc power system in your house. This will involve buying deep cell batteries and running wires from them all over your house to provide dc lamps which you have to buy separately and power converters with electricity. All these can be pretty expensive, so you might want to get creative. Remember you are using 12 volt dc batteries, so if you are great at constructing your own electronics, you can make your own lamps, etc. using car light bulbs, and other creative money savings ideas, just make sure you are safe.
When you are installing your solar panels, make sure you know what you are doing. The manufacturer usually includes instruction on how to install the panels included with the solar panels, so be careful, and read through the instructions completely. Solar panels break a lot easier then you would suspect, so make sure you are very careful when moving them, you may want to have a partner when you move them, and use the box the solar panel comes in as extra protection. Never allow your new solar panel to fall or scrap hard against the side of a wall. I learned that the hard way and cracked a couple of the solar cells.
All the advice in the world can not replace the words, be careful. And do everything you can to prep your area before you set it up. You need a strong beam underneath to hold the weight of the solar panel, so make sure you mount it as the instructions included with your solar panel say.