Investing in solar panels is a great way to generate your own clean, green energy to use around your home. Before you invest in solar panels, there are some things you are going to need to know.
#1: Local Support
First, you are going to want to find out what the local support is for solar panels. Does the local government offer any incentives for installing solar panels? Or are there any state or federal incentives that you can tap into?
How about the local utility company? Will they buy back the power you generate? How easy are they to work with when it comes to connecting your grid to their system?
Are there any building codes you have to follow in regards to setting up solar panels?
You need to know what type of support there is for solar panels in your area and what kind of restrictions and regulations you will run into when it comes to installing your panels so you can account for that in your budget and installation plan.
#2: Roofing Condition
Second, a solar array is designed to last for a couple of decades. Although you can take your solar panels down if necessary to repair your roof, that is not ideal. You will want to have a roof that is in good shape and then install solar panels on your roof so that your roof's lifespan and the solar panels match. Additionally, you need to make sure your roof's slope isn't too steep for solar panels. You may have to make changes to your roof before you can install solar panels.
#3: Energy Needs
Third, generally, with solar panels, the overall goal is to install enough solar panels so that you don't need to rely on your electrical company for electricity. That is why you will want to evaluate your energy needs by looking at your electric bills to figure out the average amount of energy you use on a daily and monthly basis. Knowing how much energy you use will allow you to pick the right solar array that will produce enough energy for your household.
#4: Installation Costs
Finally, it is important to consider the cost of buying the right array and installing it. Ideally, you want the solar panels to pay for themselves within a reasonable time frame. For example, if your average electric bill for the year was $2,000, and your solar array cost $10,000 to install, after five years, your solar panels would have covered their installation costs, and everything after that would be money you were saving. Make sure you can reach a point where the installation costs pay for themselves, and you are saving money in a reasonable time frame.
When it comes to going green, installing solar panels is a great way to achieve that goal. Before you start the installation process, you will want to figure out what type of local support and regulations you will need to take into consideration. You will need to know your energy needs, figure out what the installation will cost, and how long it will take you to save money.
For more information, contact a solar panel service in your area.