How do I know if I qualify for solar?
There are a few key considerations you need to make before investing in a solar power system for your home or business.
Firstly, are you looking for a complete or partial replacement for your current energy use?
Answering this question will tell you how many solar panels you’ll need and consequently how much roof space is required for installation.
Assuming you have enough roof space for your average energy consumption, you’ll also need to answer the following questions.
Can your roof handle the weight of solar panels?
Solar panels work best on strong, durable roofing materials, such as composite or asphalt shingle, concrete tile, or metal. For roofs made of wood or slate, you’ll need professional solar contractors experienced with less durable materials.
If your roof requires any major renovations or repairs, you will need to have these taken care of before solar panels can be installed.
How many days of sunlight does your home receive per year?
The amount of average sunlight your area gets per year will help you calculate how much solar electricity you can expect to receive. You might have to supplement the solar energy you generate with a local grid system or solar batteries.
Do you own your home and have good credit?
Similar to switching cable companies, going solar requires at least one person on the title of the home to have a 650 credit score or above. Some programs will accept lower credit scores, but they may lead to different rates and savings than you’d be eligible for with a 650 score. If you are planning to purchase the system outright with cash, a good credit score is not required.
Is your roof properly pitched and facing south?
Solar panels that face south and are also tilted to maximize sun exposure are the most efficient at converting the sun’s rays into usable electricity. Nevertheless, it’s not a large concern as solar panels work great no matter which direction they’re facing. In addition, you can have pitching systems installed to correct flat or oddly tilted roofs.