Are you considering having solar panels installed on your home? This is a popular home comfort choice in our area. After all, California gets more than enough sunshine, and with incentives and rebates from the state, solar panels are getting easier and more affordable to install. If you’d like to do your part for the environment while cutting your electricity bills down to almost nothing, solar power is the way to go.
If you’re considering this installation, there’s no time like the present to do it! We’re blessed with pleasant, fairly predictable weather this time of the year, and our technicians are ready to help.
Before you schedule your solar panel installation, there are factors for you to consider. Our technicians will help you make an informed decision, but we want to offer a few discussion points for you to talk about when you call for your solar panel installation.
Your Homes Power Levels
Your home has a threshold of electrical output, based on the size of your living space, the number of appliances you have, and even the presence of insulation—HVAC systems work more efficiently when you have proper insulation, which means they won’t drain as much power.
All of this needs to be considered before planning a solar panel installation. Your solar panels can actually generate more electricity than you need. In some cases, you may be able to sell the excess back to the power company. But it’s also possible that your solar panels won’t generate enough electricity if all these factors aren’t properly taken into consideration.
Your solar panel installer will start by conducting a home energy audit to determine the required output for all your appliances and electrical systems. This gives you a baseline to go on as you start planning, and lets you know exactly what your new system will be able to produce.
Naturally, when it comes to solar panels, it matters how much sunlight your home gets. This will determine the power that your solar panels will be expected to produce.
“Well, it’s always sunny in California, so I don’t need to worry, right?” you may be thinking.
Well, things like hills, tree-line cover, other buildings, and similar factors can play a role in this, too. Additionally, the position of the sun in the sky depending on the time of the year matters. You need your solar panels to catch as much sunlight as possible no matter the time of the year. Our technicians will go through your options and all of these considerations, making note of any potential obstacles to sunlight exposure.
Solar Panel Placement
Once you know the power levels required from the panels and the spots they need to be in order to make the most of sunlight exposure, you need to decide on the placement itself. Ideally, solar panels can be mounted on the roof of your home, where they’re out of the way and won’t take up any space. This may not be possible, however, depending on your roof and the property in general, in which case we can help you find alternative locations closer to the ground.