Before investing in a rooftop solar energy system, there are several things you’ll need to consider ensuring you’re making an informed decision.
Below is a checklist to help you decide if Rooftop solar panels are a fit for your home.
- Does my home have clear and unobstructed access to sunlight for most, or all, of the day, throughout the year?
- Solar output is maximized when panels are south-facing and there is direct access to sunlight all day long.
- Do I have a large enough roof or area to accommodate the system I need?
- Solar arrays are a best fit on homes with large areas of uninterrupted roof space (no pipes or satellite dishes).
- How old is my roof?
- You want your roof to be relatively new and in good shape to support your system. Panels would need to be removed and reinstalled if you must replace the roof or shingles after your rooftop solar system is installed.
- Does my community have any rules in place that prohibit solar panels?
- We recommend checking with your HOA before accepting any bids from contractors.
- How long do I plan to stay in my home?
- While the payback period on solar panels varies based on the installation, it typically takes several years. While solar has been proven to increase home values, this is still an important consideration so that you can get the most out of your investment.
- What are my goals with solar?
- If you’re looking to offset 100% of your energy costs instead of a small portion, your solar panel investment will look very different.
- How efficient is my home?
- By reducing your overall energy use, you can reduce the size of the solar system you need, potentially saving thousands of dollars in upfront costs
You can also give us a call at 706-547-2167 to get your free personalized Cooperative Solar analysis.