For many homeowners, the idea of solar is an enticing one. With a solar roof, homeowners can reduce their energy bills, increase their home’s resale value, and—perhaps most importantly—limit their carbon footprint.
Despite this, we come across a number of homeowners that ask, “is my house good for solar?” Today we’re going over a checklist of 5 items that need to be in place before you can install solar in your home.
We’ll never install solar panels just to install them. We want the panels to bring your home value and be of value to you. To do that, we’ll have to ensure that your home is suitable for solar.
Here are 5 Things You Need to Know You’re Ready For Solar.
Property Ownership or Permission From Owner
Whether you’re looking to install solar on a roof or as a ground unit, you’ll need to own the house and property. Or, you’ll need to have permission to install the solar.
A solar panel system can last over 30 years before needing to be replaced. That means you’ll have to make the decision of having solar on your home for, most likely, the entire time you own the property.
A Solid, Structurally Sound Roof
Solar panels aren’t extremely heavy for their size, but they do weigh a good amount. For that reason, you’ll need to make sure that your roof is in good shape, that it doesn’t need to be replaced anytime soon, and that it can handle the extra weight.
If you are in need of a new roof, then you can knock out two birds with one stone by replacing it when you decide to also install solar.
You’ll also be able to regain some of the cost that comes with installing a new roof through the local, state, and federal incentives if you get it installed before those incentives go away. Any of our solar consultants will be able to help you work out whether or not you should get your roof replaced before going solar. Be sure to mention it right away if you’re concerned about needing it replaced.
A Roof That Faces the Right Direction
Depending on where you’re located in relation to the equator, you’ll want your roof to face a specific direction. For those who live in the midwest, south-facing roofs, followed by west or east-facing roofs are the best options. Having all three directions available for your solar that is by far the best option because you’ll have the most exposure to the sun year-round
Interested in learning more about what direction your solar panels should be facing? Check out this short guide.
Like with your roof, our solar consultants will be able to help you decide where solar panels should be placed on your roof along with why that placement is best. It’s important to us that you’re satisfied with your home’s aesthetics and curb appeal. Sometimes it makes sense to sacrifice some of the panel’s efficiencies if it means you’ll be happier with how your home looks after solar is installed.
If you’re concerned about your home’s appearance after solar has been installed, look int some of the newest solar panels that come in a sleek, all-black design. These panels are sure to blend into your shingles nicely.
A Direct, Unrestricted Path to Sunlight
Many homeowners have roofs or lawns that face the right direction but struggle with having a lot of restricted sunlight. A solar system doesn’t work well if it isn’t consistently exposed to full sunlight. Whether it’s neighbors’ homes, trees, or other buildings, we’ll do a shade analysis as we review your home. If we find that there’s too much shade, we may have to recommend that you remove a tree, tree branches, or we’ll have to change the orientation of the panels.
Everything about your home is taken into consideration when we’re designing the perfect solar system for you. A great candidate for solar will have a good amount of unrestricted sun on their roof.
Determine Your Need for Solar
As we’re designing your home solar system, we’ll be looking into how much solar you need. Depending on the amount of energy your home uses and how much sun your panels will be exposed to, we can determine whether or not a solar energy system is right for you.
Offsetting your energy bill is the greatest benefit of using solar. If your home is already efficient, it might not be worth it for you to put in solar. While this often isn’t the case, it’s still something that we look into every time we work with a potential customer.
Checklist – Is My House Good for Solar
Here’s a quick checklist of the above items:
- Understand the commitment you’re making. Solar is a long-term investment.
- Make sure your roof is up to par and can handle the extra weight.
- Ensure that your roof is facing the right direction.
- Be sure that there isn’t anything inhibiting sunlight from hitting the panels.
- Find out how much energy your home uses and whether or not solar is the right investment.
If you think your house is a good candidate for solar, then we’d love it if you reached out to us. We’re a premier solar installer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida.
Our solar consultants are familiar with local and federal incentives, can guide you through the process of making the most of your solar system, and get you the best deals with the most efficient panels on the market.
At Sun Badger Solar making sure that you feel completely comfortable with your solar system and energy uses is our number one priority. We don’t succeed if you don’t love your system.