Before You Can Install Solar Panels…
Solar panel installation continues to be one of the key modifications homeowners make, and while going solar is becoming increasingly popular, installing solar panels isn’t as simple as adding panels to your online shopping and checking out.
1. Conduct an Analysis – First and foremost, you’ll want to consult with a certified solar installer about a cost/benefit analysis to determine if installing solar panels makes financial sense for you and your family. This analysis will take into account property orientation, shading, roof slope, and panel placement sites.
2. Make Repairs – Before moving forward with solar panel installation, you’ll need to prepare your roof by making any required repairs or upgrades. Most solar panel systems last 20 to 25 years, you’ll have to remove and reinstall the solar panels in the event the roof needs repairs. Your roof must also be able to support the additional weight of the panels.
3. Cover Cost – Depending on where you live, you’ll likely qualify for a combination of local, state, and federal rebates, tax credits, and other incentives. Additionally, some solar companies in San Diego offer long-term financing options to make solar panels an affordable upgrade for any homeowner. In California, most homeowners see a return on investment in 10 years or less.
4. Submit Plans and Obtain Permits – Before installing solar panels, you’ll be required to submit plans and obtain the required permits from the city. An experienced and qualified San Diego solar company will be able to prepare these documents for you.
5. Decide to Sell – If you generate more solar energy than you can use, you might consider selling that excess power back. To do this, however, the electric company will need to install a production meter. Homeowners typically receive an annual report of energy produced, then use that report to apply for compensation (credits or a check by mail) based on how much excess energy was provided to the grid.
What Happens After Installation?
CES San Diego includes a monitoring system with every installation. As a homeowner, you’ll be able to monitor your system, usage, and other details through an app on your smartphone.
Additional Energy Efficient Solutions
Adding solar power to your home is just one of the many steps you can take as a homeowner to increase your home’s efficiency. Here are a few others:
- Install a smart thermostat
- Replace old bulbs with high-efficiency ones
- Use energy-smart power strips throughout the home
- Replace air filters
- Check windows and doors for broken seals
If you have other questions or would like to know more about the solar installation process, don’t hesitate to reach out to CES San Diego by calling 1-855-45-COAST today!