factors to consider before running out and buying modern solar equipment. Most reputable solar photovoltaic
installers will come out to your home, inspect the site,
then sit down to discuss options, and even the feasibility
of a solar panel system for your home.
Rachel Shultz, Sales Consultant for Icon Solar Inc., says
she will analyze the potential customer’s electric bills and
the weather history specific to the installation site dating
back as far as 10 years. This will help forecast how beneficial a solar panel might be. Other factors to consider
include trees that may need to be cut down, or other
structures that produce shade on the installation site.
Rooftop panels may be the only option for some, but
those with more space on their property could benefit
from a ground-mount system, in which the panels are
placed about 4-5 feet off the ground, and can be angled
to the most efficient position. In fact, homeowner Jim
Mahoney of Westfield, Indiana has two large systems on
his property, and small adjustments to his panels four
times each year give him maximum exposure to the sun.
The “Going Solar” Checklist for Homeowners
Look for ways to reduce energy usage
in your home.
Have a qualified photovoltaic installer
analyse your property for solar panel
Consider budget and timeline options.
Can you afford the upfront costs or
the financial burden of credit?
Research energy advocacy groups,
such as the American Solar Energy
Society (www.ases.org), the Indiana
Renewable Energy Association (www.
indianarenew.org), or the Solar Energy
Industries Association (www.seia.org).
Get multiple bids from installers
and consider their experience and
expertise, not just the price. Take into
account that equipment will need
to be serviced for the next 20-30
years, and ask about warranties and
expected lifespan of the system.
Talk to references, former customers,
of the installer before signing any
Make yourself a cold drink on a hot
summer day and watch in amazement
as your electric meter runs backwards!
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