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Think Solar Panels are Right for You? Here's how to be Sure...

Think Solar Panels Are Right for You? Here’s How to Be Sure

By Ray Flynn- www.DIYGuys.net




Many people like the idea of solar panels. However, figuring out if a solar panel system is right for you isn’t always easy. If you’re trying to decide, Grounded LLC presents some points to consider.

Roof Type and Solar Panel Options

The type of roof you have in place does impact your solar panel installation options. Usually, metal roofs are the best choice as they are sturdy and have a long lifespan. Composite shingle roofing is also a solid choice. The material is generally easy to work with and has excellent durability.

Installing solar panels with tile roofs is an option. However, since the material is more delicate, it does cost more. With flat tar and gravel roofing, you’ll usually need angled brackets for your solar panels, and that might impact the cost.

If you have a wood roof, you may need to look at alternative installations. Many people view solar panels systems on wood roofs as fire hazards, and some municipalities ban those installations. Luckily, you could go with a ground installation instead, eliminating the issue.

Ground installations can also work if your roof isn’t at the best angle or is in a position that limits sun exposure. With ground-mounted solar panels, your installer can create a setup that captures the most light, getting you the most value.

You’ll also need to select the right solar panels for your project. The main solar panel types include:

● Mono-SI

● TFSC

A-SI

● CVP

CdTe

● Biohybrid

Each of those options has its benefits and drawbacks. Plus, some are better in specific situations. Ultimately, it’s best to research what’s preferred for your area and goals, ensuring you get the best solution.

Solar Panel Installation

Exactly how much your solar panel installation costs depend on your location, the size of your system, your roof type, and other factors. On average, a 5-kW residential solar panel system usually costs between $15,000 and $25,000. However, there are some financial benefits that lower that burden.

For example, you may be eligible for tax credits or rebates from your local utility. Together, those can result in thousands of dollars of cost savings.

Additionally, you may be eligible for lower-cost financing. For example, the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage Program lets you bundle the home improvement expense into your mortgage. Not only will you simplify your budget by only having one monthly payment, but you’ll usually get a lower interest rate than you might find with personal loans.

When it comes to how long your installation will take, there are a few factors in play. The number of panels you need is a big one, as well as the complexity of the install. However, the usual timeline for professional contractors is one to three days.

During your installation, there may be some delays due to required electrical inspections, though your installer can help you navigate that part of the equation. Additionally, it’s important to note that you may also need to coordinate with your local utility company to get a new meter, something that may also take a little time.

Energy Generation

One of the biggest benefits of solar panels is that you start generating electricity when the installation is complete. Your monthly electric bill begins declining from day one, resulting in immediate cost savings.

If you want to have an off-grid home, solar panels are usually your best bet for generating electricity. Since you don’t have access to local utilities, you can build a system that provides you with all of the power you need.

Get the process of going solar started with a visit from Grounded LLC! Reach out for your free ocular and quote today.



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