As national and global concerns about energy conservation rise, solar power has become an increasingly popular option for Americansacross the country. For those interested in the benefitsof solar power, some preparations may be necessary to safely and efficiently incorporate solar panels into their homes.
Research Rebates and Incentives
Depending on factors like geographic location and local public works departments, some utility companies may offer homeowners rebates on the costs of the initial purchase and installation of solar panels. Here in California, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) offers cash back to residents for every watt of solar energy installed on their property. Additionally, many homeowners are eligible for federal tax credits, including a 30 percent discount on the purchase of a solar panel system, in addition to any state or local rebates.
Undergo a Professional Home Assessment
After pairing with the right solar energy company, homeowners will need a contractor to assess their property. They will consider the viability of available solar resources in the area, as well as the ideal placement of solar panels, control systems, and electrical infrastructure. In addition to informing homeowners about which system size is the right fit for them, they can educate homeowners on the potential issues of maintaining their solar panels.
Prepare and Fortify Home Structures
Although solar panels may appear to be lightweight, they can place significant weight on one’s roof in addition to requiring a certain amount of surface area. That’s why it’s important to ensure that a home’s roof is in stable condition before installing solar panels. Additionally, any repairs made to a roof after installation will require removing the solar panels, so homeowners should have any necessary or preventative repairs made before the installation process begins.
Look Into Buyback and Energy Storage
In addition to the environmental benefits of solar power systems, many people are attracted to solar panels because of their ability to “pay for themselves” over time. Some utility companies will pay to “buy back” power that is leftover after a home’s air conditioning, lights, electronics, and other energy needs are met. To access this benefit, homeowners will need to have a production meter installed by a local energy provider to measure how much electricity is being pumped back into the grid.
Solar power is an efficient and safe way for Americans to reduce their carbon footprint and generate energy for their home. American Energy Air has helped provide businesses and homeowners in the Sacramento area with solar panels since 1981. View our testimonials page to see what our customers have to say about our work. If you want more information about making this eco-friendly and cost-effective transition, call us at (916) 782-3139 for a free estimate.