When it’s time to buy and install solar panels for your home, you’ll have a lot of information to determine. There are countless solar panel companies out there vying for your business. You’ll first have to decide which of them will be best for you. You need to find one that is trustworthy, affordable, reliable, and of the highest quality. When you’ve decided on a solar company, it’s important to figure out their pricing and financing options, because it’s a big (but beneficial!) financial decision to choose solar panels for your Utah home or business.
And then the big question – how many solar panels does my home need? You may have noticed that there is no set number of solar panels prescribed for homes or businesses. Some homes have many, some few. Most have them on south-facing roofs, but sometimes you’ll see east or west facing. You can go full blown, or start small and add to the collection over time. How many you need right now will depend on a variety of factors.
- Power Consumption. First you need to understand how much power you are using. Check your utilities bills for the past year to determine your average monthly usage, as well as total yearly power usage. Those numbers will help your solar power consultant estimate how many panels would be needed to totally replace your power usage, or how much of a supplement a certain number of panels can give you.
- If you have very little open roof area, your number of solar panels may be limited. A solar power consultant can take a look at your roof and determine exactly how many panels will fit, and how much power you could expect to gather from those panels. It’s a good place to start.
- Budget & Financing. Once you know what’s possible for your home and how many solar panels you could possibly purchase, then you can take a look at the numbers. Ask your solar company what their financing options are, if you’ll be eligible for rebates, how much is required as down payment, and what you could expect your monthly payments to be depending on different numbers of solar panels purchased.
- Now vs. Later. It’s always an option to start with a small number of solar panels and then upgrade to more panels over time. You may even have a package to offer that at a discount over time with your chosen solar company.