Is Solar Right for Me?
Solar is right for almost everyone, depending on your motivation. Are you interested in solar purely for economic benefit? Are you concerned for our environment or the social responsibility of your business? Are you concerned for our environment or the future health of your family? Are you bothered by the fossil fuel situation and wish to declare your energy independence? All of these are great reasons to go solar! Below are a few factors that may limit getting the most out of your solar electric system.
- Do you have a south-facing area of roof or land that can accommodate your solar system?
A south facing roof is going to provide the optimum potential for your system. Depending on your building orientation, other directions can also provide sufficient production; please consult us for these details.
- Do you have unobstructed space available for your system?
Each kilowatt (kW) of solar installed will cover approximately 100-150 sq. ft. of area. This can be a roof, parking structure, ground area, etc. If you do not have an ample, unshaded, structurally sound area for solar, then your property may not be well-suited for solar.
- Do you have any daytime shading issues on your south-facing space?
Trees, neighbors with larger buildings, vents and other roof-mounted equipment, or other factors that cause shading throughout the day will create significant decreases to your power production, therefore not making your building suitable for solar.
- Will you need to repair or replace your roof in the next 5 years?
If so, then you may want to wait to add your solar system during that time, or consider re-roofing before adding your system.