Are You Solar Ready? What To Know Before Converting to Solar Energy

Solar panels can do wonders for your Austin or San Antonio home. The benefits of installing solar panels on your property quickly outweigh the installation costs. For starters, solar energy is both sustainable and renewable. Solar panels serve as a quiet source of renewable energy, requiring very little maintenance. On top of all that, your energy bill will practically disappear. If it was up to us, every home and business in Texas would be outfitted with solar panels. Unfortunately, that's not always how it works. Our team of professionals at Wells Solar can figure out whether or not a solar system would be a good investment for your Central Texas home or business. Our expert professionals will be direct and transparent in their assessment of your property and only set you up for solar success, not failure or frustration.

The Logistics of Solar Energy

There are a number of factors that go into deciding whether a solar system would benefit your residential property. For instance, if your property has a roof that is capable of holding solar panels and faces south, your property will receive the optimal amount of solar energy. If you have a roof that faces any variation of south, you’re likely still in a good position to proceed with the installation of a solar system, but you may not see as ideal results as you would with a roof that faces due south. Even if your roof faces east, west or north, this doesn’t mean you can’t reap the incredible benefits and savings of solar energy. If this is the case, you might be better to simply install a ground unit. You can count on our expert team to be upfront with you the solar potential of your home or property and what your options may be.

Shade and Your Solar Roof

As you can imagine, shade and solar energy don't mix. Solar panels work best when the sun's rays hit every part of the panel. If your roof is heavily shaded by a tree, building or anything else for a significant part of the year, a solar system might not be a great idea for your home or business. In other cases it may be possible that a minor adjustment, such as a tree trimming, would be enough use your roof to generate solar power. You can always call the experts at Wells with your questions for more details.

Other Factors

Along with the direction and the amount of shade that your roof receives, there are a number of other factors to be taken into consideration before proceeding with your solar roof installation. Some of these factors include:

  • Tilt - Your solar panels should ideally be tilted to match the latitude of your home or business.
  • Roof Age - Your roof should be relatively new in order to install a solar system. If you can schedule the installation of your roof to line up with the installation of your solar system you will have similar warranty lives.
  • Roof Material - There are some roof materials that can simply house solar panels. We can tell you if your Austin or San Antonio home or business is composed of the correct material.

If you are curious as to whether or not a solar system would be a good fit for your Austin or San Antonio home, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

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