Many of our customers considering solar panel installations and solar energy upgrades are not aware of the importance of working with a qualified roofing firm on the panel installation. Whether you’re lowering the carbon impact of a commercial property or looking for alternative solutions to power your home, solar has numerous advantages. Solar energy has numerous advantages by allowing you to convert the sun’s rays into energy. But adding these large and heavy panels to your home requires an experienced installer adding roofing systems and modifications that can support solar panels. Here’s what you need to know before you get started with solar energy.
To lease or to purchase
If you’re unfamiliar with the solar market, it’s important to get up to speed on how it operates to make the right choice for your home or business. One option, for homeowners or commercial property owners that can afford it, is to purchase the solar panels and pay for the installation. In addition to lowering your energy payments, you may be able to sell on excess power to a company specializing in this type of business. Over time, you can reduce your energy costs to almost nothing and more than recoup the cost of your investment. Another approach is to lease your roof to one of the solar company firms. In this scenario, you receive the benefit of cost reduction to your energy bill and the leasing company sells off the excess energy for a profit. In addition to lowering your energy costs, the panels and installation are often at a reduced cost or even free in this scenario. For more information, we recommend consulting the Solar Rocks Utah study.
Quantifying the cost savings of solar
There are a number of advantages of using solar power. Solar is better for the environment and can reduce your overall footprint. In addition, solar can help reduce your energy costs. Solar Rocks estimates that solar power can reduce a $159 energy bill to $68 on a monthly basis. There may also be state and federal tax incentives to help defray the costs and give additional financial benefits for investing in solar. The Utah Office of Energy Development offers a tax credit of up to $2000 on solar thermal and other alternative systems; see their guide to learn more and review the guidelines and paperwork requirements. The federal government is also offering additional tax credits that are good through the end of 2016.
Protecting your roof
Some home owners worry about their roof’s integrity during the application of solar panels. As the industry has evolved, new technologies have been developed that enable the easy, secure installation of a wide range of solar panels. These mounting systems protect your roof and the solar system, while minimizing any risk of fire or other damage. The best mounting systems use advanced waterproofing, reinforced mounting technology, and compatibility with a wide range of rack and rail solar panel systems.
Are you a local resident that’s considering adding solar power to your home or business? Contact us today for more information on solar panel installation services and to schedule a risk-free, no obligation consultation.