When you install solar panels on your home, you’ll save money. You also help eliminate harmful carbon emissions from your local environment. It’s easy to get excited about the prospect. But before you add solar panels to your roof, what questions should you ask to make sure solar energy makes sense for your home and your situation?
Do I need a new roof to go solar?
Solar panels should be installed on a roof that is in good condition. Checking the condition of your roof is an important step in determining your home’s viability for solar power. Depending on the age of your roof, you may want to consider replacing or repairing your roof before adding solar panels. The good news is that nearly every type of roof (asphalt, shingled, clay tile) can accommodate solar panels. A professional solar installer will address your roof viability early on in the process.
Do we need to rewire our home to get solar power?
In most cases, you will not have to do extensive rewiring for solar power. However, you need to ensure you have adequate space in your electrical service panel to accommodate the solar input, and your SunPower solar installer will determine this during your home visit.
Is my home facing the right way for solar energy?
Historically, homes facing the sun were considered optimal for solar panels because they harnessed the most energy from the sun. Fortunately, advancements in solar technology enable high-performance solar panels like Suntech’s to harness plenty of clean energy from a roof that’s not optimally oriented to the sun. This is possible even on cloudy days.
Do I have to cut down trees to generate enough solar energy for my home?
Getting the most solar energy from your roof sometimes means trimming some trees to let the most sunlight in. But the good news is that advancements in solar technology have made tree removal a thing of the past. For example, the AC solar panels in a Suntech Power system enable every panel to capture optimal sunlight, even in shade-prone areas. Your Suntech expert will help you choose the right solar panel for your home.
Will solar power lower the value of my house?
No. Energy upgrades increase the value of a home. Specific factors will determine by how much. They include the home’s location and the age of the PV system. Contact a qualified Suntech Power expert to learn more. 0715208282
How much can we really save with solar power?
The big question on home solar is this: how much can you really save? This is determined by the available space on your roof, the amount of electricity you need, the solar panels you choose, and the value of solar power to your utility. Fortunately, solar installation prices have rapidly dropped over the last decade, and solar energy is now considered a great investment no matter where you live.