Considerations Before Installing Solar Panels
Each year, solar power gets smarter, and the benefits keep improving. In Utah, tax credits and affordability make it a great financial choice in addition to environmental consciousness. Here are some considerations before jumping in on installing a new system with the next person that knocks on your door:
Ask the Right Questions: To get an efficient system that works for you, start off by asking these important questions:
What is the age of your house, and can it support solar panels?
How much energy do you need to produce?
Which direction does your roof face, and where will the panels be the most effective?
How much sunlight/shade does your roof get, and is the roof angle beneficial?
Do you need to upgrade your energy meter?
Do you need to get building permits?
Do you want to own or lease your solar panel system?
What is your budget?
How long does it take for solar panels to pay for themselves?
Our sales team can answer all these questions for you to make sure you understand the full process and feel good about your financial investment.
Get Informed: Many people think solar power is complicated and they refuse to gather information to see how it works. You don’t have to know all the ins and outs of the system but gathering some basic information will be beneficial. For example, you’ll probably want to know the different between grid-tied systems and off-grid systems and the pros and cons of both. (Note: grid-tied systems are more common and simpler.) One of our team members can explain common terms to you as well, such as cell type, rater power tolerance, power warranty, module efficiency, and more.
Don’t go for the Cheapest and/or Fastest Option: In the solar power world, you really do get what you pay for. However, that doesn’t mean you should choose the most expensive option, either. If you get a flyer on your door with an “incredible” deal that’s thousands less than everyone else, you should investigate before committing. Your system should be a decent amount of money to make sure it’s efficient and high quality, but a reputable company like ours will make sure you know about all the rebates and incentives offered to maximize your savings while still guaranteeing a solid system.
Know About Incentives and Rebates: Residential systems typically cost between $15,000 and $30,000 up front. But with the many incentives, it’s going to end up a lot less. The US government wants us to invest in solar, so they’re providing a lot of benefits to get people to do so. We are current on Utah’s incentives and rebates and will share that information with you.
Check Warranty Information: In general, shorter warranty terms can indicate a manufacturer’s hesitation on the longevity of the product. There is also a difference between a performance warranty and a panel warranty. Ask us about our warranty options and the differences between what is covered.
With any large investment, you don’t want to feel rushed or pressured. We’re about informing and assisting first, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with all your questions.