Howdy Ken, a "good" solar installation takes some work - mostly educational. There is a learning curve but once you get thru it you will understand how and why your system works. It is worth the pain! :-)
Start with an energy audit or "budget" (Energy Audit - Watt For? - JdFinley.com
). This is figuring out what your current power requirements are. Once you have real data in hand, it will be much easier to begin exploring the options based on your goals.