Solar power generating systems can be easily adapted to most homes and businesses, but if you’re building a new project and want to go solar with it, you have the opportunity to plan ahead to make your system as efficient as it can be. Get the most out of solar on your new home or business with these tips!
The location of your home or business is one of the most important aspects to consider when planning for solar, as your solar power generating system can be more effective in certain areas. Hills, direction and shading all affect how your system will work. Solar panels get the most sun when they face south or west and are not blocked by shading for extended portions of the day. South-facing panels will typically receive the most sunshine, and west-facing panels will receive the second most amount of sun. Your solar power system will still work if it is not facing its most optimal direction, but considering the placement if possible will optimize the amount of energy and savings you produce. Ground-mount solar units can also be a good option to consider depending on your location.
Material, shape, and design of a roof can impact your solar generating system’s efficiency. The type of roof you choose for your building plays a key role in your solar panel functionality and ease of installation. Certain roof types can absorb more heat, create installation issues, and can require special equipment for mounting. The shape of your roof is important because it can determine which way your panels will face and how long they will receive sun. Flat rooftops are not optimal and usually require extra mounting equipment so the panels can face at an angle. Certain aspects of your roof such as chimneys, air and heating units, awnings and other obstacles can shade your panels. Having these items on the opposing side of your panel is the best way to reduce the shade they will impose. If you know you are going to have a solar system, there are many aesthetically pleasing options for roof types that will benefit your design needs and your solar system’s optimization.
incentives and regulations
Rebates and tax incentives are some of the benefits you can receive from installing a solar power system. Researching areas that offer these types of rewards can add extra savings to a newly built home or business. Check out this blog for more information on rebates and tax incentives in your area. If you have a Homeowners Association, review their rules and regulations regarding solar panels before you commit to your new build. Some communities have guidelines on the mounting, facing and height of a solar generating system. If you are committed to installing solar, take advantage of areas that will offer the most savings and flexibility.
Building a new home or business can be complicated, but hammering out your strategy for solar panels will save you time and money in the long run. Eliminating headaches for installations, restrictions and overall efficiency can be a breeze if you plan ahead. Whether you are already in the process or are just getting started, SunHarvest Solar is here to make your solar journey simple, affordable, and effective.