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Going Solar? Here’s Some Questions to Ask

Key questions to ask before you invest in solar.

Solar Power is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America.  It is clean, healthy, cost effective, and it reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.  Currently, the Federal government and most state governments offer lofty tax credits for taxpayers who install solar energy systems in their homes.  Investing in solar panels for your home is a decision that requires a lot of consideration, and, just as with any capital improvement, there are some questions you should ask before making the switch.

How much energy do I consume?

Do you know how much energy you consume? It is helpful for both you and your solar installer to understand your average energy usage, as this will determine how large of a solar system you need to power your home.

What is the condition of my roof?

Because solar panels are typically installed on the roofs of homes, you’ll need to properly assess the condition of your roof. A common concern prior to solar panel placement is whether or not the roof will need replacing. If your roof is in good shape, then no. If it’s in bad shape, then yes. Here’s what you need to know about your roof before going solar.

I don’t fully understand solar. Is this even a wise investment for me?

What about string inverters versus DC optimizers or microinverters? What’s an array? What does net-metering mean? If you feel overwhelmed by the terminology or technology behind solar, don’t. All of this may sound like a foreign language to you now, but the dealer you consider should be happy to talk you through every facet of the design of your system. New York State Solar Farm is a SunPower Master Dealer, and that comes with the knowledge, understanding, and best in technology for your investment.

What is the return on my investment with solar?

The design of your system and your budget will determine how much power a solar system can optimally produce. By looking at your monthly power bills and the proposal for your solar system, it will be fairly easy to tell how many years it might take to recoup the cost of the system.

Who is installing my system?

Ask about the installation process and who will be part of the project. As it’s a highly technical process, solar panels should only be installed by qualified professionals. Most states and territories have specific regulations on this issue, but New York State Solar Farm’s Master Dealer designation means using our expert knowledge on local laws, jurisdictions, and permit regulations and passing it to you. We are vetted by SunPower by the most stringent criteria, which involves installation, training, and customer satisfaction.

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to considering solar.  Going solar should be a great experience, not a headache, and doing your homework upfront will give you something money can’t buy:  peace of mind.

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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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