Is the 2020s the beginning of the end of dependency on fossil fuels for the world’s energy needs? Is the world finally ready to go solar? As global energy demands grow to run our modern lifestyles and ever-increasing world population, 80% of new electricity generation is renewable with solar power leading the way.
The switch from coal, natural gas, and nuclear power generation to renewables has found a new fuel to drive the energy revolution – cost. Solar power generation is now cheaper than fossil fuels on an industrial scale.
Maybe you have come to realize that a solar electric installation at your home and/or business is an ever increasingly wise decision, but you are not sure how to best go about making the switch from utility power to solar power? Keep reading for the ‘how to’ of going solar the right way.
How to Go Solar
Solar power in the United States has reached an impressive two million solar systems. The number of solar installations in the USA is expected to surpass three million in 2021 and 4 million by 2023. Will your home or business be one of them?
Evaluate Your Power Needs
There are many variables to consider and every home or building is different making determining exactly what solar installation is best harder than you might think. Your solar installation provider will start the processwith an inspection of your property.
Careful consideration of the size of the installation to meet your power needs is calculated and all your options concerning the type of installation are presented. During the initial property assessment, roof inspection, and quote make sure to ask questions until your comfortable that you understand everything involved with going solar.
System Design Decision
In the initial meeting with your solar panel installation expert, they will ask you what your goal is for your solar system. Depending on how independent you want to become you will need to decide if you want to go completely off-grid or remain connected to your utility provider for backup power.
Remote properties may not have the option of connecting to the grid because grid access may just be too far away to run power to your system. Staying connected to the grid has the advantage of being able to draw power from it in times of low electricity production due to cloudy days or long periods of high electric usage.
If you want to replace your utility electric completely with solar your system will need to be slightly bigger than your peak kilowatt usage.
Prepare Your Property for Solar
There are several steps to prepare your property before you’re ready for the actual installation. First, you are going to want to learn about your local, state, and federal solar installation incentives.
Climate change is a hot topic – yes, pun intended. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to global warming and the toxic smoke/fumes from the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas are poisoning our air and environment.
In response, much of the world’s governments are offering incentives in the form of tax credits and rebates. These incentives coupled with zero down financing can often times give you immediate savings over your electric utility bill.
Most solar system companies, including Solar Central Systems, work directly with lenders that give their customers the financing they need to make going solar possible for almost anyone, regardless of income level.
Credit considerations apply, but most everyone qualifies for at least 40% financing of the total cost of the solar project. The solar system expert assigned to your account will help you and any and every way they can to cut the cost of your initial investment.
Repairs and Restoration
While solar panels aren’t very heavy, they are large, heavy, and cover large sections of the roof. You are going to want to be sure your roof is ready. If the roofing is reaching the end of its life you may want to seriously consider replacing the roofing material before installing panels over it.
If there are any structural issues with the roof it is essential that those repairs be made before adding the extra weight of solar panels to your roof. This will only add to the stress on the roof supports compounding the issue.
Switching to solar is great for the environment. Changing your energy habits is great for your budget. The energy you require to power your property is the greatest contributor to the overall cost of your system.
Consider replacing high energy appliances and lighting with more efficient options. Proactively seek to reduce your energy consumption and eliminate tendencies to waste energy.
If your solar system is designed to completely replace your energy needs there is no better time to reduce your energy needs to reduce the size of your system and ultimately the cost.
A great example of this would be to replace your electric hot water tank with an on-demand hot water heater. Even better, replace it with a solar water heating system. Electric heating and cooling systems are the most energy-hungry of all property electrical needs so reducing or replacing them with other options will greatly reduce electrical usage.
Installing Your Solar System
Much like any construction project, installing a solar system has plenty of possible mistakes that can hurt the wallet and even threaten the lives of the workers. The proper way is to avoid these common mistakes for a flawless installation.
Safety Is First Priority
The proper way of installing a solar system is a complicated process. Attention to safety is, of course, the utmost priority. A solar system has three major components that have to be chosen specifically to work together to create the most efficient and longest-lasting system possible.
- Solar panels
- battery pack
- DC to AC inverter
The installation has two major safety concerns. The first is working with electricity which can be deadly if not treated with proper respect.
The other is installing solar panels on a roof. Working on a roof is one of the most dangerous jobs one can undertake with some 150,000 roofing accidents requiring medical attention in The United States every year.
First Step First
You have made the decision to go solar and now that you understand how to do it the proper way, it is time to take that first step. Solar Central Systems is committed to helping you go solar the right way, every step of the way.
Going solar may feel overwhelming but if you take the time, initially, to learn about solar power best practices you won’t regret it. Are you ready to make that first step and make the leap to solar? Contact us today and let’s get started by scheduling an on-site consultation.