There are a few things to consider when choosing a solar panel for your home. At any point in your home construction, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. If you are building a new home, solar panels can be installed during the building phase, or if you already have a home it can be added. You will have a few different options of panels to choose from and depending on the situation, just about any system can provide your home with the light it needs. In order make the best choice you will want a product that will fit well with your homes design.
It will also need to give the highest electrical output for a fair price and align with local codes.
Get an Inspection
First things first! You will want to set an appointment for an engineering inspection of your roof to determine how much extra weight your roof can hold. Certain panels such as modular solar panels can be too much for your roof to bare, and that would be a disaster. An engineer will be the most helpful in assessing how much extra weight your roof can take.
You definitely don’t want a panel that doesn’t not mix well with your home design (even if there are some cost benefits). Keep in mind where the panel will be facing. It is best for solar panels to be placed facing the south. It also needs to be somewhat discrete. Many neighborhood organizations will reject a solar panel if it is too impeding. For this reason, you may be better off choosing a low-profile panel or a thin film system. In order to keep the solar panels out of sight, some neighborhoods require you to use solar panels that are rack mounted just above the ground in a location that is not visible from the street.
Your photovoltaic solar panel needs to generate the highest electrical output at a very good price. Here are some examples of the most popular technologies for this: multicrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, crystalline silicon and amorphous silicon. While there are plenty to choose from, due to this being a very competitive market the cost of panels change very often. At this time, thin film polycrystalline silicon panels that have a 12 watts per square foot output are a very cost-effective option. These offer close to 60 percent of a home’s electricity with the least amount of labor costs for the installment.
It is important that you hire a well knowledgeable, licensed engineer to install your solar panel. During the installation, the engineer should set the proper power inverter that converts the DC power stored from your solar panels to standard AC power, along with connecting the integrated power to the grid.
The right installer will make sure that your solar panels align with the local building codes and assist you in getting qualified for tax subsidies and rebates.
Our licensed installers and inspectors will work with you to ensure that you find the perfect solar panel for your building.