Who can deny the significant value of a solar panel in the current times of global warming and cheaper rates of these panels? These days you can get solar panels for any type of roof you have and once installed, it can provide you with sufficient and unlimited energy that is renewable and thus can be very efficient for all the things that run on electricity in your house.
All you need is enough space and sunlight to make it work its wonders for all your personal and corporate needs if you want to run it for your business too. Generally, all tech savvy things one way or the other pollute the environment but thankfully, solar panels are an efficient way of acquiring thermal energy and electricity without making any damage to the atmosphere.
But before you rush and buy a solar panel for your house, you need to determine the answers to the following question for the smart installation of these solar panels on your roof top.
What is the Suitability of Your Roof Top for a Solar Panel?
You must gather about this before you even buy a solar panel because if your rooftop is perched under a bigger house which is blocking your sunlight than you might have to halt your decision of buying it altogether. But if your roof is wide and gets the full amount of heat and sun, then solar panel is for your rooftop indeed. You have to install it to the south side of your roof which is very easy to determine because of the direction of the sun.
It is always better to get the help of an efficient professional as they know their job far better than us and might help us in getting more exposure of sun for our panels and fit them perfectly without a hitch. They may have problems with a particular type of delicate roof like a roof made of wood or slate but that doesn’t stop them from efficiently delivering though it would cost you a little extra because of the installation through special and expansive equipment.
What Is The Sustainability Of Your Roof Top?
A solar panel is an addition on top of your roof so one needs to get the sustainability check done for the roof top of the house. Contact your own roofing contractors and get their recommendation of whether the roof will sustain a solar panel for as long as a decade or two? Because once the panels are attached and if your roof needs replacement, then it will only add up an extra cost to your entire budget for the demounting and reinstalling of these panels. Since it is better to be safe than sorry, you better get the roof sustainability check done before the installation of solar panels.
Decide On What Do You Need From The Solar Panel: Thermal Energy Or Electricity?
Solar panels can provide you the renewable energy in the form of either the electricity or thermal energy so it is your decision to what should you convert the solar energy into. The best advice in this regard is to first observe your general consumption of both electricity and thermal energy and then decide which setting you require more than the other so you can take maximum advantage of these panels.
Evaluate Your Need
As per the common sense demands, you mustn’t just go in the market and buy a solar panel or two. First, evaluate your consumption and requirement of the energy for your entire house or business through an audit by professionals which should tell you how much and how big or small panels you require that would suffice to provide energy to your entire house or business as well if you want.
What Is Better For You in Solar Panels: Leasing Or Buying?
Previously, whoever wanted the renewable energy from the solar panels, had to buy these panels and bear the expensive cost of them. But with time, not only have they become cheaper and are available in every shape, type and form, they can even be acquired on a lease. You can pay a small amount as a fare for the panels and the electricity you are producing but still it is better than buying them because one: you don’t have to carry them around if you are moving and secondly, your contractor has to worry about their wear and tear maintenance and you can only enjoy the cheaper renewable energy without buying these solar panels. But some say you should buy them so that it is your secure investment in a solid future. As long as you are using, they’re yours and if you ever want to stop, you can rent them out to someone and still get a small profit. So decide amongst the options, about what suits you better.
Gather Some Other Information Before the Installation of Solar Panels
There are a couple of other things that you must figure out before you begin the installation process of your panels. Things like:
- How will you get linked with your nearby grid?
- What are your state laws for the eligibility of acquiring these panels?
- Confirm if you have to pay some fee to acquire the rights of the panels and the electricity thus produced through them.
- Can you logistically ascertain the use of these panels without any permit?
- Which department to contact, if you produce electricity in excess and how to sell it further?
- Check the compensation details about the energy you will be producing
- The contractors that you are hiring for the installation are efficient and have previous ranking of perfection or not?
If you have gathered or made your mind about most of the above mentioned questions then you are almost ready for the installation of your solar panels on the roof top. Just double check any contract you may sign for it, when we don’t know much about something, the chances of us getting fooled maximizes. So always have a lawyer, a tech or an experienced person with you before you get into any binding contracts.
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