Now that you’ve done your research on the benefits PV Solar panels can provide, it’s time to take the next steps toward conversion. Here’s some expert advice to help you navigate the process.
First, make sure you understand your local utility company’s rates. You will find that each company has its own method of calculating usage cost. Being fully educated on how your usage is rebated once PV Solar panels are installed will help you calculate the return on your investment.
Next, get an accurate estimate of the energy you’re using monthly and compare it to what your future projected electricity usage will be. A certified installer can assist you in gathering these figures and making sure you’re using the right formula to determine your potential savings by installing a PV Solar system.
Finally, there are a variety of considerations to keep in mind regarding the professional installation of PV Solar panels. Here are some examples:
- Your roof type – Both tile and shake are more brittle than asphalt shingles. Therefore, additional time and care is needed during the installation of rooftop PV Solar panels to ensure penetration points are properly sealed. You may see a moderate increase in the installation cost depending on your roof type. Ground mount systems are another option, if that suits your property better.
- Interconnection standards – There are technical requirements and uniform procedures that must be adhered to for connecting to renewable energy systems. An experienced and reputable installer will have knowledge of the local compliance to these standards and ensure your home qualifies.
- Obstructions – Since a clear transmission is needed to connect to renewable energy, identifying and planning for the removal of potential obstructions (such as tree branches and limbs) is crucial.
- Location of your home – Your local climate will dictate how your PV solar system will be installed and where you will locate it. Heavy snow and high winds can affect solar transmission. An expert installer will know how these variables affect performance and will make the right recommendations for your home.
Remember, this is a general outline of what to expect as you move forward with your energy saving goals. It’s important to consult with a competent installation company to ensure your conversion to a PV Solar system is seamless.