5 Things to Consider Before Going Solar

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Nearly half of American homeowners intend to install solar systems on their properties — though over one-third are worried about the expense since solar can cost tens of thousands of dollars. 

But considering that 60% of survey respondents say they worry about their home’s environmental impact and 75% say it’s critical to go solar within five years, it’s safe to say many homeowners will bite the proverbial bullet and go solar despite the cost.

From reducing reliance on the power grid to achieving peace of mind, you’ll find that buying a solar power system can be a worthwhile investment. But like any investment, you’ll want to do your homework to see whether or not proceeding is worthwhile.

“More and more families are considering the benefits of going solar,” says Jen Helms, co-owner and director of business operations at Shade Power. “But not all homeowners want or can accommodate roof-mounted solar panels. We specialize in installing low-profile, ground-mounted solar panel systems. It can be a great option if you have the space and high energy needs.”

Here are five things to consider before taking the plunge and buying a solar panel system.

  1. Is Your Home Suitable for Solar?

You need to consider whether your home is suitable for solar panels in the first place. Solar panels can operate in all climates, but your roof might not be suitable for solar panels. Sometimes the roof configuration or age might make roof-mounted panels a no-go. 

It might be difficult to install solar panels on your roof if you have a lot of trees close to your home. Too many tall trees on your property could lead to too much shade on your roof. A situation like that might make a roof-mounted solar panel system ineffective.

A ground-mounted solar panel system can work if your roof isn’t a suitable surface. Of course, you’ll need sufficient space to accommodate this alternative. Your best bet is to contact a solar panel installation company for an onsite assessment.

  1. What Are Your Energy Needs?

How much energy does your household use? You need an answer to that question before buying a solar panel system. While it’s okay to get something designed to generate more energy than your family needs, you don’t want a system that can’t meet your household’s needs.

  1. How Much Is It Going to Cost?

Cost matters when considering a solar panel system. If you can’t afford to buy it outright, you can finance or lease it, depending on the company you deal with. Consider federal and state rebates when researching the cost and determining how to pay for the solar panel system.

  1. What Types of Solar Panels Are Available?

You need to know what’s available. For instance, you can get roof-mounted or ground-mounted options. Find a reputable service provider near you, book an appointment, see what they have available, weigh the pros and cons of each, and decide based on what’s best for you.

  1. How Long Will It Take to Install the Solar Panels?

The project duration will depend on various factors, such as the size of the system, what type of solar panels you choose, and the installation location. It can take days or weeks to get everything done. You can count on the company you hire to explain how long the project will take.

These are some things to consider if you’re interested in going solar. It’s a process. You’ll want to be well-informed, conduct research, and think things through before proceeding.