Updated: July 2023
There are many benefits to going solar. Unlike finite fossil fuels, solar energy is a sustainable and renewable resource. Solar energy systems do not produce pollution or greenhouse gases.
Increasing awareness surrounding global warming and other environmental issues has led to a rise in conscious consumption and interest in renewable resources. More homeowners than ever are installing solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their home’s overall efficiency.
Installing solar panels is a big decision. There are several strict requirements when it comes to solar panel installation. Your roofer may have to make changes to the roof’s design after consulting your solar installation contractor.
Before you jump on the bandwagon, it’s important to seek answers to these questions so you can make an informed decision.
Can your roof support solar panels?
It is arguably the most important consideration before you go through with your installation. A damaged roof cannot support any additional weight. Have an installation expert inspect your roof to determine if it is structurally sound and supports solar panels’ weight. Solar panels add more weight than you would expect!
If your roof is found to be unable to support a solar panel system, repair or replace it before going through with your build. If you install solar panels without addressing roofing issues, you may have to dismantle the systems and then reinstall them later on top of needing to repair your roof.
How energy efficient is your home?
Determine the energy efficiency of your home. Have an auditor conduct an energy audit if required. Make energy efficiency improvements before installing solar panels. If your HVAC is nearing the end of its service life or is starting to lose its efficiency, consider replacing it. Make sure the doors and windows of your home are properly sealed.
Are there any specific guidelines from your HOA regarding solar installations?
Many HOAs place “reasonable restrictions” on the sizing and placement of solar panels. Several HOAs have specific guidelines regarding the sizing and placement of solar panels and require all electrical wiring to be concealed. Discuss your project with your HOA before proceeding.
What type of solar installation should you choose?
If you are on the market for residential solar panels, you can either choose a standard roof installation, opt for a ground-mounted system, or use solar carports. When choosing between these options, consider your energy needs, available space, and design preferences. Your solar installation expert will undoubtedly be able to provide you with recommendations based on your home’s layout and sun exposure.
Do you qualify for tax rebates and financial incentives?
The investment tax credit or federal solar tax credit allows homeowners to deduct 22 percent for solar systems installed in 2021. The tax credit expires next year unless Congress renews it. There is no cap on the amount that one can claim.
Many states, counties, and municipalities offer tax rebates too. Call your county or municipality office to enquire about eligibility criteria and determine if you meet them to save the maximum amount on your solar installation.
Cozy Home Services is one of the most trusted solar installation contractors in Napa. Over the years, we have helped many homeowners go green. Whatever the type and style of your roof, we have got you covered. To make an appointment, call 707-518-9443 today!