Solar installation costs have traditionally been the largest barrier to entry for consumers. Installing a solar power system is an expensive venture, and one has to seriously consider the costs and benefits of such an investment. For example, is a $20K investment to your home better spent redoing the kitchen, or installing solar?
We believe that, for a vast number of homeowners, the cost to install a solar power system makes financial sense. When you consider the installation costs with your long-term electric bill savings, especially considering the 30% Federal Tax Credit (which won’t last!), the long-term savings can add up to thousands of dollars, increased home resale value, and environmental benefits. On top of all of this, long-term warranties on solar products makes installation extremely worthwhile.
Maybe you’ve thought about going solar in the past. If so, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!
Solar installations are not simple, and should you decide to go down this path, like with any other major investment, you get what you pay for. It is important that the company you hire for the installation is well-know and can stand by their product in the years and decades to come.
You also need to ensure that the company is large enough that they can pass on volume discounts, provide the lowest-price guarantee, know how to easily and quickly obtain the required permit(s), provide financing as needed, provide quality design, and use the best available racks and mounts. In addition, the company needs to have a knowledgeable, responsible staff that can handle all technical issues/questions as they arise.
Unfortunately, there are many companies out there that really have no business offering you solar solutions, that’s why you really need to do your homework.
Other things to consider include:
- Design – You need to start our with a good solar design to make the most out of your investment. There is no compromise when it comes to design.
- Microinverters vs. String/Central Inverters – Micro-inverters provide several advantages over traditional string/central inverters. They are safer, provide better shade and fault tolerance, and allow for an expandable system
- String inverters are the most cost-effective solution for a home solar installation. For homes without any shading issues, string inverters provide a quick and easy solution to install solar PV.
- Grid tie inverters convert DC to AC power from your solar panels and provides net metering. Net metering allows you to sell surplus energy back to the grid and reduce and/or eliminate your electric bill.
- Roof Mounts – Consider using the best-quality and strongest roof mounting system guaranteed to work in extreme environments.