Renewable energy has emerged in recent years as a solution to global warming. Solar is fast becoming the largest growing source of renewable energy.
The benefits of solar power include no carbon dioxide emissions, heating and cooling, and longevity for roofs. Solar panels help protect homes from weather, animals, and other elements that can negatively affect your roof with efficient heating and cooling.
How do solar panels work?
The solar panels absorb energy emitted from the sun and convert it into electricity. Solar panels utilize two types of processes to build energy. One is concentrating solar power (CSP) for larger projects such as power plants. The other is photovoltaic (PV). PV is typically the type of solar technology used in homes or buildings.
Can solar panels fit on my roof?
You may be ready to change the world with solar energy, but is your roof? Here are some things to consider:
The shape of your roof is a crucial factor to consider before switching to solar.
Most homes have a standard roof shape known as a gable roof, which has two completely flat surfaces with a central point. The shape and slant of gable roofs make them the standard or the medium for solar paneling. Of course, there are two other roof shapes on either side of the spectrum.
Flat roofs are the best for solar panels. The basic layout allows for endless possibilities. On the other hand, hip roofs can cause issues for solar panels because there will always be a limit on the number of panels that can be installed.
The Age of the Roof
A general rule of thumb for solar panels roof installation is that the designated roof:
- Can support the solar panels
- At least half of its product life cycle remains
A roof inspection is recommended if your home is older.
Solar panels rely on direct sunlight. When obscurities like high and large trees, or anything that creates shade on your roof, remain and are not removed, it can decrease the effectiveness of your solar panels.
How much does solar power cost?
However, the pricing of buying and leasing solar panels and their setup fees are decreasing year-over-year. Solar energy is also becoming more competitive with standard energy sources.
How much you spend on solar energy will ultimately depend on how much energy you need and what your specific solar energy system can provide. You can also save on energy and costs when using technology designed specifically for solar power.
Switching to Solar
Solar is not as scary as some may think. It is worth it to give solar a try if your home can sustain the solar panels or if your utility costs are equal to or lesser than your current energy source.