Is My House a Good Candidate for Solar?

October 31, 2012 1 Comment

Solar power is a great option to consider if you want an alternative source of power for your home. In these days of concern over the environment and the rising cost of fossil fuels, it is worth considering converting your home to a solar power generation system. There are a number of different factors involved when you decide whether or not your house is a good candidate for solar.

Roof Area

One important factor is the size of your roof. The minimum solar system is composed of eight solar panels which are installed on the roof of your home. Each panel is 1.6 by 0.8 meters. You will need to determine if your roof is large enough to install a system. If your roof area is larger, then you can install a larger more productive system.

Roof Shading

Shading is another important issue. You want to make sure that your roof is completely exposed to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm for most of the days of the year. If this is not the case, you could consider pruning or removing trees in order to remedy this situation.

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Southern Exposure

In North America, southern exposure is important. Your roof should be oriented to the south for maximum exposure to the sun. This will result in maximum power generation. East or west facing panels produce 15% less energy.

Many parts of the US in particular are some of the sunniest places on earth. A roof with southern exposure and very little shade will be able to generate a significant amount of electricity from solar panels installed on the roof. Homes right across the United States are great candidates for conversion to solar power.

Home Ownership

Another factor is whether you own or rent your home. If you do not own your home them the installation costs are not going to be worth it. It is too much money to spend on capital improvements for a property that is not yours. You might want to involve your landlord so that he or she can make the necessary investment in the property to convert to solar power.

How Long You Will Own Your Home

A final factor is how long you intend to stay in your current home. If you are going to go through the trouble of installing a solar power system, you want to make sure you are going to be their long enough to reap the benefits. At the very least, you want to stay long enough for the system to pay for itself. This is at least three to five years. The savings will be even greater if you stay in your home longer.

If after examining these factors, you believe that your home is a good candidate for conversion to solar power, then you should contact a reputable installer and discuss these issues further. Then you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.

This article was written by the team at Solar Market, your one stop resource for anyone looking to switch over solar where you can read more about solar power rebates and more. All our advice is unbiased and independent of any solar installation company. Solar Panel Installation image from BigStock.

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Comments (1)

  1. Ours is perfect for it. We live in a group of 6 townhouses with a big, flat empty roof, perfectly facing North. Alas, the roof is off limits.

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