Seven Things to Think About When Considering Solar Energy...
A. What are your energy needs? The best way to determine your energy needs is by checking your utility bills. We will ask to see your utility bills on our first site visit. Sometimes there are limiting factors that will dictate the size of a solar array...amount of roof space required or budgetary reasons. If so, we will be able to provide you with the percentage of utility cost offset you would gain from installing a solar energy system.
B. You may be living in a subdivision with bi-laws that restrict installing things to your roof. In some cases, a waiver can be obtained.
C. During our first on-site visit, we look at the direction your home or business is oriented on the property. The building should have as much of a SOUTHERLY exposure as possible to maximize the energy output of the solar panels.
D. Are there any trees or other buildings that would shade the sun during certain times of the day? Sometimes trees need to be trimmed back around the building.
E. Do you want the solar panels mounted on the roof or be ground mounted? (Most of our installations are roof mounted.)
F. If the solar panels would be roof mounted, we always ask about the age of the roof. If your roof is over 15 years old, we recommend that the roof be replaced before installing the solar panels.
G. The age of the building is also an important consideration when looking to do a roof mount. We need to determine if the roof can support the added weight of the solar panels. A structural engineer report is sometimes needed.
As part of our service, we will provide a customized overview of your property and make recommendations as to how best to install your solar energy system that will meet your needs for years to come. Also, Heartland Alternative Energy will obtain all the permits and utility (Net-Metering) approvals.