Consider This Before Installing a Solar System
by Kelly Anderson, on Apr 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM
Be Sure to Ask Yourself These Questions Before ‘Going Solar’
Our customers rarely come to us without doing significant research on their own into the benefits and drawbacks of installing a solar system in their home. But we often find that because their focus is often on the technology itself, our clients often forget to consider these critical points. If you’re considering a home solar installation for your Springfield, IL home, ask yourself these questions below:
How Much Sunlight Does Your Home Really Get?
Before you roll your eyes and think “of course I’ve considered that,” think about this—most homeowners in our experience have no idea exactly what kind of sunlight you really need for your solar panels to perform for you the way they should, and most homeowners don’t understand how even having a little bit less sunlight than ideal might necessitate a higher up-front cost for your system.
Most states in the U.S. get about the same amount of sunlight each year, but they don’t get the same quality of sunlight.
We’re not just talking about direct sunlight here. We’re talking about peak sun hours. These are times when the sunlight that is hitting your panels offers about 1,000 watts of photovoltaic power per square meter.
How do you figure that out? You’ll probably need a specialist.
What If It Seems Like You’re Getting Plenty of Peak Sun Hours?
Now even if it appears that you get plenty of sunlight (and you’re guessing that you’re getting enough peak sun hours), you might actually be getting less than your neighbors simply due to how your home and surrounding structures affect shade levels during those peak hours.
It’s possible that you’re not getting nearly the amount of sunlight you need for a system to make financial sense.
Now let’s say that the sunlight you’re getting just isn’t enough—how does that affect your upfront costs? If you’re set on getting a solar system, it might have a profound effect given that the only ways to increase how much energy you’re getting is to purchase more efficient panels or cut down any trees that create excessive shade.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But depending on how you’re paying for the system and how long you plan to stay in that house, it might not make the system worth your while. You need to speak with an expert who can do a proper evaluation of your home’s potential peak sun hours alongside a shade analysis to ensure your investment will pay off in the long run.
Let’s Install the Right the Right Solar System for Your Home
When we work with our customers in Springfield, IL, we perform a comprehensive analysis to determine whether or not they will benefit from solar and how much it will cost them (and save them in the long run).
Let’s get to work on the right solar system for your needs. Contact us here today, or give us a call at 888-884-3557.