Are you wondering if your home qualifies for solar panels and if it’s a good investment?
If you own a home in Arizona with a rooftop that is in decent condition and isn’t shaded from dense foliage then yes, your home would qualify for solar panels and it would be a great investment. Homes in Northern Arizona that are under dense Pine cover won’t benefit from solar power like homes in Phoenix will that have exposure to the sun all day. If you have considered going solar, here are some things to consider. If you are looking to buy or sell a home with an existing solar lease, consider speaking with a solar broker. We recommend a qualified broker with experience like this Arizona company Solar Home Specialists.
Where Do I Place My Solar Panels?
Solar Panels should be placed on areas of the roof with the greater espouse to the sun and with minimal shade. Sometimes the actual space in the roof isn’t available because of air conditioning units or swamp coolers, so you will need to adjust accordingly to accommodate for the existing items already installed on your roof.
Speaking With A Solar Specialist
If you already know that you are ready to benefit from solar energy then speaking with a Solar Broker should be your next step. A broker can give you better insight into the savings that exist and how you can benefit from the investment when you sell your home. A solar assessment will take place, measurements taken, and an estimate created to give you an idea of how much it will cost to get the job done. After this information is confirmed, you can proceed with the order and installation of your home solar system.
How Long Will It Take To Convert To Solar?
The needs of each home differ from house to house. It will depend on energy consumption, how many panels you choose to install, what your goals are and how fast you want to proceed. That being said, from assessment to completion it could take up to 2 months to convert your home to solar, again the size of the home plays a big role in that timeline.
Do I Need A Special Permit to Go Solar?
There are typically local and state requirements that will need to be met to go solar. Arizona residents will benefit greatly from going with a solar broker so that they can provide you with all the information you will need to convert to solar energy. Your solar broker should take initiative and set facilitate that for you so that the process runs quickly and smoothly. We recommend that you have that discussion prior to putting any money down.
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
This again is dependent on the size of your home and the energy consumed on a monthly basis. In Arizona, there is far more energy consumed during the summer months than the winter and spring months. Another variable is your roof size, you may require 8 panels to meet your energy needs, but only have space for 6 panels. These are all discussions you can have with your solar broker before making a purchasing decision. Looking through past energy bills to average out energy use and understanding your needs will also help determine how many solar panels you will need.
Which Solar Panels Should You Buy?
There are many options on the market, do your research and ask questions. Your Solar Broker should be able to recommend a local company that is reliable and offers a warranty on workmanship. The solar companies offer product warranties to cover the functionality of the solar panels.
What Parts of Arizona Are Solar Panels Good For?
Fortunately Arizona is a state that has sun year round, and it doesn’t matter which city you live in, most Arizona homes can benefit from Solar Panels. From Phoenix to Tucson and everywhere in-between, solar panels can be used to offer alternate energy resources.
You will need a power converter to take the solar energy that is a direct current source and convert it into alternating current so that your home can use the energy created by the system. This is called an inverter, and these are typically installed in the garage or attic.
What Is A Solar Battery?
A power wall isn’t required to go solar but does offer some amazing benefits. You can actually store unused energy at your home for future use. The energy is accessible at any time, including the evenings when the sun is down, or during monsoon season when power outages are common. The battery is rechargeable and the energy can be saved for a very long time.
So How Does My Solar Battery Work During A Power Outage?
If your purchase a Solar battery, you can power your home during seasonal outages by using the solar energy generated and stored by your solar system. This is similar to having a power generator at your home, except it won’t be running off of gas. Your home will become the only property in your Arizona neighborhood with working electricity during a block outage. If you do not have a Solar battery, you will not be able to use stored energy.
Can I Install A Solar Battery Later?
You can install a power wall at anytime. Taking advantage of the power generate and stored immediately will require the power wall to be installed day 1. But adding one later is not a problem. Speak to your solar broker to find out which option is best for you.
So How Much Does Solar Cost?
Again this is dependent on the number of panels you need to meet your energy demands. Your solar broker will be able to walk you through everything regarding hard costs, lease options, and long-term savings. There should also be discussions about Federal tax rebates, utility incentives, and renewable energy credits. Arizona has great APS and SRP rebate options for homeowners depending on who you use for your power company. It’s possible that it costs you money up front if you are purchasing panels; otherwise, there are great leasing options available. If you are paying cash for your system you can expect an average system to set you back between 10k and 30k including installation. Rebates and tax incentives will come after installation, so calculating that in for reference is important. The leasing options are typically zero down and a fixed monthly amount. Although these options may seem expensive, in the long run, they will lower your utility bill and save you money.
What Payment Options Are Available In Arizona?
Pay cash and own your energy starting from day 1.
Like any other loan, you will make payments until you own the system. However, you can benefit from credits and incentives immediately.
Like any other leasing option, you pay monthly but do not own the system.
What Tax Credits And Incentives Exist In Arizona?
This is a great question for a Solar Broker, Arizona has many state incentives and the local power companies also offer incentive programs. SRP and APS rebates are available. These should be considered when buying or selling your solar home in Arizona. The Federal tax incentive covers roughly 30 percent of the cost of the solar system. State tax credits are different state to state; Arizona has its own tax credit system in place. Your Solar broker can help you navigate that.
Can I Sell My Arizona Home With A Solar Lease?
Yes, if you are currently in a solar lease and want to sell your home, a solar broker will help you facilitate the transfer of that lease to the new homeowner. This way you can focus on getting into your new home and not hassling with the details of the lease.
Should I Store My Energy Or Sell It Back To APS/SRP?
This depends on your own needs and will also depend on the energy company you use. SRP and APS will pay you differently for your power if you find the amount of money they are willing to pay worth it then selling it back could prove to be profitable and help offset the cost of the installation. Storing your energy lessens your dependence on the power companies, many people like this. If you decide to store the energy you benefit if you decide to sell your energy, you benefit, either way, you win.