The advantages of installing solar panels are appealing to many homeowners, from reducing energy bills to increasing property values and improving the environment. But with any major home project, there are several factors to consider before you can reap the benefits. To help homeowners understand the solar panel installation process, Vision Solar shares a few insights you need to know.
The Characteristics of Your Roof
One of the first considerations is the current condition of your roof, as well as the material it’s made of. This is because solar panels feature an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years, with many lasting well beyond that. Depending on the roof’s construction, its average lifespan may be shorter than that of your solar panel system. This means your roof needs to be in top condition before the solar panel installation process begins.
The layout of your roof is equally important. For one, you need to ensure you have enough roof space for the number of solar panels needed to power your home. The direction of your roof’s slope is also an essential piece of the solar panel installation process, as panels pointing south or west typically yield the best results. Last but not least, you’ll need to determine whether your roof can support the weight of a solar panel system. These are all factors that Vision Solar can help you figure out before your purchase.
Connecting to Your Grid
Connecting your solar panel system to your energy company’s grid and understanding its procedures for net-metering are also key considerations. This process may sound simple but presents several potential challenges. You’ll need to know how and when you’ll receive credits for excess electricity stored in the grid. You should also ask about any upfront grid connection fees. Make sure you find out how long it takes to connect to the grid – this could affect your timeline for the completed installation.
Eligibility for Rebates
Along with saving money on energy bills and increasing the value of your home, homeowners who install a solar panel system by December 31, 2019, can take advantage of the Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. It offers a savings of 30% from your federal taxes on the final cost of your installation. Depending on the state you live in, and which utility company you use, there may be additional opportunities for incentives.
In New Jersey, homeowners benefit from the Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption, which guarantees they will pay no state sales tax on their solar equipment. Also, the NJ Clean Energy Residential New Construction Program offers rebates on newly constructed homes that meet the criteria for high energy efficiency, with totals as high as $24,250. Pennsylvania residents, on the other hand, can tap into Solar Alternative Energy Credits, which are earned for each MWh of electricity their solar panels produce.
Ready for Solar?
To find out more about the solar panel installation process, contact Vision Solar today. We will be happy to provide you with a free quote, review your options for solar panels, and ensure you have all the information you need to choose solar power.