Solar Buying Considerations
Is Solar Right for You?
There are a few key factors you should take into account when deciding if solar makes sense for you: your electricity costs, local solar incentives, climate and the size and position of your roof. We have prepared a short list of questions to help you evaluate your decision:
1. How much do you currently pay for electricity?The more you spend on electricity each month, the quicker your solar investment will pay off. Generally, homeowners who pay $50 or more each month on electricity find that solar makes financial sense for them.
2. What incentives for solar are available in your area?The Investment Tax Credit enables homeowners across the U.S. to reduce their solar costs by 30%. By combining Federal, state, and local solar incentives, it is possible to cut the cost of your installation in half. The best way to learn more about solar incentives in your area is through your local SunPower dealer. Or you can check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
3. Do you live in a climate suitable for solar energy?While clear, sunny skies are ideal, you can still generate substantial amounts of solar power on overcast days. If you live in a part of the country with a lot of cloud or fog, ask your installer to recommend solar panels that produce the most solar energy in a range of conditions.
4. What size and orientation is your roof?The layout, orientation, and size of your roof help determine the best solar technology to install. South- and west-facing roofs are ideal. Regardless of your roof orientation, higher efficiency panels will require less roof space. Find out more about why solar efficiency matters.
5. Will a solar installation affect the aesthetics of your home?Solar innovation has come a long way to ensure that your system does not detract from the design and architecture of your home. If aesthetics are important to you, ask your installer to recommend a product that will blend harmoniously with your roof, such as SunPower signature™ black solar panels and the low-profile SunPower Smart Mount mounting system.
Top Five Questions to Ask Your Solar Installer
With more homeowners switching to solar energy each day, the number of companies offering solar installation services is also on the rise. To help you select the best installer, we have prepared a list of questions you should ask: