Transitioning to solar energy is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on utility bills. Determining whether your house is suitable for solar panels involves several factors. Here are some tips to consider when deciding to go solar.
1. Sunlight Availability: The most crucial factor for solar panel viability is the amount of sunlight your house receives. Ideally, your roof should have direct and unobstructed access to sunlight for the majority of the day. Trees, tall buildings, or other structures that shade your roof can significantly reduce the efficiency of your solar system. A solar site assessment can help determine if your home receives the proper amount of sunlight.
2. Roof Orientation and Angle: The orientation and angle of your roof play a role in maximizing solar energy production. In the Northern Hemisphere, south-facing roofs typically receive the most sunlight throughout the day. However, east and west-facing roofs can also be suitable, depending on the specific circumstances. Believe it or not, solar panels can even be installed on north-facing roofs. The optimal tilt angle for solar panels is generally equal to your latitude, but anywhere between 15 and 40 degrees can be effective.
3. Roof Condition and Space: During a site assessment, a reputable solar company will evaluate the condition of your roof to ensure it can support the weight of solar panels. If your roof requires repairs or replacement in the near future, it’s advisable to address those issues before installing solar panels. Additionally, assess the available roof space to determine if it can accommodate the desired number of panels to meet your energy needs.
4. Local Regulations and Permits: Check with your town or homeowner’s association to understand any regulations required for installing solar panels. Some neighborhoods may have restrictions on the appearance, placement, or size of solar installations. Understanding these guidelines beforehand will help you plan accordingly. For example, if your home is located in a historic district, you’ll have to get approval from the town prior to having panels installed on your home. If this process sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. The team at My Generation Energy handles the entire permitting process for you.
5. Energy Consumption: Assess your energy consumption to determine if solar panels will be a cost-effective investment. Review your electricity bills to understand your average monthly usage. Solar panels are most beneficial when you can offset a significant portion of your energy consumption.
Are you thinking about installing solar? My Generation Energy has been installing the highest quality solar design and installation on Cape Cod, the South Shore, South Coast and Greater Boston area since 2008.