We get this question all the time. “Is my home right for solar?” and “Will solar work for me?” or “I’m not sure solar panels will work for my house.” If you ever wondered or asked these questions yourself you are not alone. Choosing to purchase and install solar panels for your home is a big decision, so it’s worth your time and money to do the research to see if your home is right for solar panels.
What Your Home Needs
- Connection to Electrical System. Chances are, unless you live in a pioneer cottage, you already have electrical wiring and connection in your home. You will probably continue to use the power grid as you work up a storage of solar energy, or if you don’t produce enough solar power to run your entire home.
- Unobstructed Sunlight. Now, this doesn’t mean you need a clear and direct line to the sun at all times. Some trees and even other houses may partially obstruct your home, which isn’t ideal, but could still allow you solar panel access. For the most part you just need a property that gets a decent amount of sunlight year-round. If you have tall buildings immediately around your property, or tall trees which can’t be cut, you may have a harder time with solar panels.
- Roof Area. Sometimes we are unable to install solar panels due to the size, pitch, and square area of the roof on your home. Angles aren’t too much of a problem, but many eaves and points, exhausts, chimneys, skylights, or other features on the roof can prevent the installation of panels.
- Southern Orientation. For North America, solar panels have the best success if they are mounted to the southern side of a house. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but if you don’t have adequate space to install around the southern areas of your home it may be difficult.
- Some landlords will allow rental installation of solar panels, but it’s not common. Plus, owning the home and solar panel system means you can take advantage of the tax rebates and incentives, as well as the increase in the value of your home. The age or equity of the home doesn’t matter – as long as you own it you will get tax incentives and an increase in home value by purchasing a solar panel system.
At the end of the day these are just general guidelines, and your own specific home is unique. Call Mountain States Solar & Roofing today for a free assessment and consultation for your own unique home to see if solar could work for you!