"Going solar" is easier than ever! Still, it's important to understand the options available to you under the law and your utility provider's policies. Solar photovoltaic (PV) can be used to power anything from small appliances and electronics to homes and large commercial buildings. When evaluating your solar options, it’s important to be proactive and engaged during this process. Before you get started, make sure you know the following:
Is your roof appropriate for solar? Check the following:
Are there any obstructions located on the roof?
At any point of the day, are there any significant parts of your roof being shaded from trees, building, etc?
Are there any trees going to be removed that could provide more direct sunlight?
North facing roofs are least ideal for panel locations, however if you have an exposed west, south, or east roof, depending on available space, a roof mount is ideal for you.
Is your roof asphalt, metal with penetrations, or metal without penetrations?
How big is your roof? We highly suggest getting the exact roof measurements if you have limited roof space or a tricky roof layout.
Plan ahead! Will you be adding additions to the home that will need more solar coverage (i.e. new construction, pools, jacuzzi)?
Is your roof less than ideal for a solar array? Don't worry! You can explore installing a ground mount solar array.
Know Your Electrical Usage
To know how much electricity your home uses, your utility bill will show your usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and the amount you pay each month. We ask that you provide electricity bills for the last 12 months at least so we can properly size your system to fit your house or building.
Are you a new homeowner, currently building, or will you be building additions in the future? Make sure we know when sizing your system.
Know Your Finances
Like any major decision for your home or building, it is wise to know your current financial situation when shopping for solar. Although you will be getting free electricity from the sun, the installation cost and system cost are important to keep in mind for future financing planning.
Don't want to miss out on the state and federal incentives? Start by installing a smaller system now that you can afford and add more panels later.