Your Solar Guide: Can I go Solar?

Your Solar Guide: Can I go Solar?

A solar panel investment can turn your aggravating electricity bill into a distant memory. Many home and business owners are looking to see if they have a suitable property for solar panels. Solar Chief offers Free Site Evaluations and Free Quotes, we are here to consult you through the entire process. We can go over a variety of solar options to find what fits your needs.

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This is a loaded question that depends on many factors. Solar can produce enough energy to reduce your electricity bills, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Below we will include many determinants of your solar potential.

Property Location
Solar panels operate in all climates but consider your location in the United States to receive the most efficient energy. Click here to view US Solar Resource Map

Roof Requirements
Roof mounted solar panels aren’t for every property but a great alternative for small properties or ascetics.

Direction
South-facing roofs are perfect for solar because they receive the most sunlight over the course of the day. However, a solar panel system facing other directions can still produce an adequate amount of electricity. Our free site evaluation can help arrange the efficiency of your panels.

Pitch
Solar panels can be situated on roofs with a pitch within 15 and 40 degrees. You can still go solar with a flat roof by mounting your panels at a favorable angle.

Age/ Materials
Solar panels can last for over 25 years, therefore it is necessary to consider the longevity of your roof prior to the installation of your panels. Taking the panels off to install a new roof is a costly expense that should be avoided. Solar panels are compatible with most roofing materials, including composite, wood, cement tile, slate, tar and gravel, or metal. While you can install solar on slate, cedar, and clay tile roofs, they are more prone to breakage during solar panel installation.

Shading Concerns
Shading will hinder the efficiency of solar panel production. All obstructions near the panels will block sunlight and reduce the amount of electricity the panels produce. Our free site evaluation will determine trees, buildings, and roof obstructions that might create any issues.

*Most think of adding solar to their home’s roof, but a roof over a carport, garage, or porch that receives no shading from other buildings or trees will also work well. Solar Chief is committed to showing our clients all options to ensure they make the right financial and efficient decision.

Source: Energy Sage

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