Solar energy has two major, but obvious, benefits:
But there’s more to installing solar than those two benefits. You may be thinking, what about the not so good?
Below are advantages, and even disadvantages regarding solar installations. It’s important you know and understand both so that if you do install solar, that it’s worth it for you.
The #1 reason why people go solar is to save money. Once installed on your rooftop, your PV panels generate clean energy from free sunshine reducing your reliance on expensive grid electricity. (The Bay Area has some of the highest rates in the country—and going solar here delivers some of the largest savings as well.)
What kinds of savings can you expect? Find out using our Free Calculator.
With rates trending upwards nationwide and PG&E’s rates increasing faster than normal from California’s most destructive wildfires, solar panels protect you from the rate increases. Your solar electricity will remain “forever free.”
Installing solar panels can help increase the resale value of your home or commercial property, often by a lot.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the average value of your home “increases $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills” from your PV system.
And according to the US Department of Energy, solar-enabled homes spend less time on the market.
Local, state, and federal governments want you to go solar offering a range of generous incentives designed to make installing solar panels more affordable including:
Instead of powering your home or business with electricity generated from fossil fuels, you’re able to create your own electricity from sunshine. This clean and infinite energy source that doesn’t harm the planet reducing your carbon footprint.
Solar PV panels are mostly “set it and forget it” – requiring almost zero maintenance. And with no moving parts, they’re incredibly resilient. So breakages and repairs are exceptionally rare.
You don’t even need to clean them.
Once installed, your panels just sit silently on your rooftop as they generate clean power every day – for decades to come.
Because solar panels are so durable and low-maintenance, manufacturers can confidently warranty their products for 25 years. With that kind of protection, installing PV panels is a zero-risk investment.
As long as the sun rises tomorrow, your solar savings are guaranteed.
With all the benefits combined, going solar is a no-brainer for many Bay Area homeowners and businesses.
But the technology isn’t for everyone – there are some unfavorable circumstances regarding solar panels to consider.
The Cons of Installing Solar Panels
Not every roof is suitable for solar power – usually due to size, orientation, shading or material. In addition, you need a roof that’s strong enough to support the added weight of PV panels.
To find out if your roof is a good candidate for solar power, schedule a free home inspection with us today.
If using your roof isn’t an option, the most common fix is to explore ground-mounted solar panels instead.
Cash is arguably the best way to finance a new solar PV system. This approach offers the highest returns and shortest payback periods.
But even with solar incentives and falling panel prices, not everyone has the disposable income to pay for a new system out-of-pocket.
Fortunately, we offer exclusive financing options that allow you to go solar affordably. In fact, you can receive a new PV system for $0 upfront – and still enjoy substantial utility bill savings and carbon footprint reductions.
Your systems output will dip during winter months and peak during summertime.
To help mitigate wintertime dips in solar output, we recommend using Hanwha Q-Cell panels. Engineered in Germany, these solar modules deliver great year-round performance – even in low-light conditions. This makes Q-Cell panels ideal for the Bay Area’s notoriously foggy climate.
Since Hanwha will soon have a facility in Georgia, its panels won’t be subject to solar import tariffs. As an added benefit, you’ll also be helping the US economy by buying “American Made” products.
In order to install solar panels on a home or business, you must be the property owner. Lessees, renters and sub-leasers need the landlord’s permission first – which is rarely guaranteed.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t go solar.
There’s a growing, nationwide movement called “community solar power” in which people band together to finance a shared solar system located off-site.
The clean electricity from this community installation typically goes into the utility grid, which indirectly reduces your carbon footprint. As a part owner of the system, a percentage of the savings come to you (in the form of utility bill credits).
Community solar gardens were originally designed for apartment dwellers and have become increasingly popular with property owners whose roof type is not the best fit for solar panels.
If you’re like most Bay Area residents, you’re getting bombarded with promising solar offers every day.
You’d be amazed by some of the sneaky gimmicks they use to close the sale.
This isn’t to say that finding a reputable installer is hard. It just takes extra work. The best way to sift through the noise is to choose a solar installer that:
Going solar isn’t for everyone. And you need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of your clean power investment before making a final decision.
If you do decide to go solar, we’d be happy to help you start enjoying decades of environmental and financial savings.
So whenever you’re ready, request a free solar quote from us today. And our team of expert installers will take care of the rest.
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