What to know before adding solar panels
Going solar can change your utility bill, improve your carbon footprint, and improve your home’s value. Adding solar panels is full of advantages but that doesn’t mean you should dive in without doing research. Here’s what you should know before adding solar panels to your property.
Solar capacity is determined by climate and location
Your location and climate are two of the main factors you’ll want to consider before adding solar panels. Thanks to advancements in technology and solar battery storage, solar capacity is now available in cooler, less sun-rich climates. This means you don’t have to have sunshine year-round to benefit from solar energy!
However, the more sun that shines on your solar panels, the more energy that they’ll generate. If you live in a particularly cloudy place, you may need to install extra panels to make up for the lower energy production.
If you’re local to Brentwood, CA, Del Sol Energy can help determine your solar production capacity.
Your home’s position can determine power production
In addition to your property’s location, your home’s location can determine the production capacity. Typically, south, southeast, and southwest-facing roofs will produce the most energy for homes above the equator. Homes with north-facing roofs are more difficult to work with, but some solar providers can mount panels on the ground if your roof is not well-positioned. Contact Del Sol Energy for additional information about the placement and orientation of solar panels.
You’ll want to consider your roof’s condition before installing solar panels
Solar panels are durable – most systems can last up to 30 years. Yet, if you’ve ever replaced your roof before, you know that it may not even last this long. Because it can be costly and challenging to remove and reinstall solar panels for roof repairs or replacements, you’ll need to sort this out before you move forward.
Understanding your “energy load” is important before beginning
Your energy load is how much energy your home uses in a day. Knowing this information can help determine how many panels you’ll need as well as the wattage capacity of the panels.
Some of the factors that can be used to determine energy load include…
- The square footage of the home
- The number of people living in the home
- The type of appliances in use
- The number of appliances in use
- Your energy consumption and conservation behavior
- Do you remember to turn off the lights?
- Do you watch a lot of TV?
- Do you use an electric car?
- Do you do a lot of laundry?
- Are you constantly running the dishwasher?
- Does your home always have heating or air conditioning running?
Ready to go solar?
Del Sol Energy is a leader in local solar. If you’re considering installing solar panels on your property, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Contact us at (925) 378-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.