Going Solar and Getting Started
There are many ways to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar system, but the most common way is to put solar panels on a roof, nice and high where the panels can avoid shade. That inevitably got people thinking: What if the roof itself could be incorporated into PV solar? What if we had solar roof tiles?
Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! Below is what you need to know and do to get your SunPower® solar system turned on as quickly as possible after you move in.
NOTE: Without your action, your system will not get turned on to start saving money.
Permits & Approvals:
SunPower will pay fees, secure the necessary permits and approvals from your utility to activate your system.
Determining how many solar panels you’ll need for your home means first knowing what your goals are. Do you want to minimize your carbon footprint? Maximize your return on your investment? Save as much money as possible? Most people want to save money while minimizing their environmental impact.
Many consumers who are thinking about going solar have heard the term “net metering” but aren’t sure what it means.
What is Net Metering?
Put simply, net metering is a utility billing mechanism available in most states that offers a credit to residential and business customers who are making excess electricity with their solar panel systems and sending it back to the grid.
How Does Net Metering Work?
When you have a rooftop solar system, it can often generate more electricity than you consume during daylight hours.
If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering: Is solar cost effective? Is my roof suitable for solar panels? Will solar energy generate enough electricity to power my home? Who makes the best solar panels?
Did you know that installing a home solar system is an economic decision that can potentially improve your family’s financial position?
Estimating How Much Home Solar Panels Cost
One of the first questions someone interested in home solar asks is, "How much do solar panels cost?" It’s important to know there is not a one-size-fits-all answer because every home is different, and there are many geographic variables and federal and local tax incentives to consider.
Homeowners shopping for solar often ask us: How much energy does a solar panel produce?
It’s a good question because it will help you calculate how many solar panels you'll need to power your home. Depending upon its wattage, a single solar panel only makes enough electricity to power a light bulb for a few hours, but when you take a dozen or so high efficiency solar panels, you can power your whole household with clean energy from the sun.