If you’re wondering if your home or business is suitable for solar or what steps you need to take to make it suitable, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is very little if any action required for most property owners. But here are some easy steps to take that can help confirm if your property is right for solar.
Observe your property
Take a moment and observe your property to see if your roof or another dedicated space on your property receives a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight throughout the day, all year long. Conventional thinking would have you believe that this area must be a south-facing roof, as it typically will have the most direct exposure, but that isn’t the only option.
Talk with an experienced certified installer
Talking with an experienced certified installer is a great way to get an expert assessment of your property to determine your home or business’ solar viability. Professional solar installers have tools and resources that can help them analyze your property to determine which areas are most suitable for solar or what potential adjustments you might be required to make. In most cases, the roof is the ideal place for solar, but in some cases, a secondary structure such as a pergola or detached garage may be an option. Additionally, a knowledgeable installer can help you understand all state and local regulations related to solar installation in your area.
Occasionally a property may be suitable for solar with some relatively minor adjustments, such as trimming large or overgrown branches.