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Do I need to be present during the site assessment?

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Ready to switch to solar energy? New York State Solar Farm offers professional site assessments in New York State.

In the pursuit of harnessing clean and renewable energy, solar power has emerged as a leading contender. As individuals and businesses increasingly consider making the switch to solar, one critical phase in the journey is the site assessment. 

A common question that arises during this process is, “Do I need to be present during the site assessment?” In this blog post, we’ll explore the significance of your presence during this crucial stage of adopting solar energy.

Understanding the Solar Site Assessment

A solar site assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by professionals to determine the feasibility and potential efficiency of a solar installation at a specific location. 

It involves assessing factors such as sunlight exposure, shading, roof condition, and other site-specific details that impact the performance of solar panels.

Site Assessment: Your Presence Matters

  • Site-Specific Insights: Your presence allows for firsthand insights into the unique characteristics of your property. While professionals can gather technical data, your knowledge of any specific nuances, such as electrical or structural considerations, can be invaluable.
  • Real-time Q&A: Being present during the assessment provides an opportunity for direct communication with the solar experts. You can ask questions, seek clarification on technical aspects, and gain a deeper understanding of the solar installation process, tailored to your property.
  • Collaborative Decision-Making: Solar installations are long-term investments. Being present ensures that you actively participate in the decision-making process, allowing you to align the solar project with your specific needs, preferences, and future plans for the property.
  • Access to Your Attic and Electrical Panel: It is imperative that we are able to inspect these elements of your home, as well as exterior elements, to give you a complete picture of how solar will work for you, and if any structural or electrical upgrades would need to be made to support the solar installation.

What to Expect During a Site Assessment

  • Roof Inspection: Professionals will assess the condition of structural elements of your roof to ensure it can support the weight of solar panels. They’ll also examine the condition of your shingles to see if a replacement would be advisable prior to installation. The condition of your shingles will also be checked to see if a replacement would be advisable prior to installation, as well as, orientation and angle to optimize sunlight exposure.
  • Shading Analysis: Identifying potential shading sources, such as trees or nearby buildings, is crucial. Your input on any planned changes to the property that might affect shading is invaluable.
  • Energy Consumption Discussion: Professionals will discuss your energy consumption patterns to appropriately size the solar installation. Your insights into future changes in energy needs are essential for accurate planning. We will also inspect your current electrical setup to ensure it can support the solar system.
  • Aesthetic Considerations: If the visual impact of solar panels is a concern, your presence allows you to discuss placement options that balance energy efficiency with aesthetic preferences.


The advantages of active participation in this phase of the solar journey cannot be overstated. Your property is unique, and your input can significantly influence the design and success of your solar installation. 

By being present for your site assessment, you not only contribute valuable information but also gain a deeper understanding of the solar process, empowering you to make informed decisions for a sustainable and efficient solar future.

Solar Panel Installers in New York

As one of less than ten Platinum-level NYSERDA Quality Solar Installers in the entire state, New York State Solar Farm is one of the premiere and most in-demand solar panel installers in New York. We provide professional site assessments and solar installations for roof and ground-mounted solar.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free solar quote!

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As a homeowner, one of the best investments you can make is in solar energy. With energy costs at an all time high and continuing to rise, solar panel systems can save you money from day one. Homes with solar also sell for more given their cost savings & environmental benefits. Solar just makes sense.

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