With a state average of 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, the number of solar installations in Arizona are growing so quickly that APS (the state’s largest utility) has been struggling to keep up with all the approvals homeowners submit to connect their panels to the grid. And there are now dozens of solar companies popping up in the state, each looking to serve the rapidly expanding solar market. Of course, not all are up to the task of being one of the top solar companies in Arizona.
Before we elaborate on a solar carport, let’s look at a normal carport in a residential setting. A carport is often used as a cheaper alternative to a full garage, providing shelter from the elements, but not really doing much to increase security. Keeping your car under cover when parked has a lot of benefits: in sweltering heat, the car is kept cool in the shade; in colder weather, the carport keeps the car protected from rain, frost, and snow.
Although people living in warmer climates would never consider how snow could impact their solar experience and even ask the question if they need snow guards for solar panels, those residing in the northern regions of the US must always consider their weather when it comes to anything exposed to the elements. Failure to take mother nature into consideration often has dire consequences and how you handle your solar installation is no different.
Considering installing solar panels and weighing up rooftop versus backyard solar panels?
In this article, we’re going to guide you by the hand through what you need to know, and all the areas where your installer might sneak in a few extra cents.
First, we’ll explain why backyard solar panels are more expensive than rooftop panels, and then we’ll look at additional costs to watch out for when making the solar switch.Continue reading
You’ve done some math or maybe you’ve talked to an installer and found that a 15kW solar system installation will cover your electricity needs quite nicely. Great!
But there is one problem. You’re scratching your head, wondering what exactly does 15 kW mean? And even more importantly, how big and expensive is a 15 kW solar system?Continue reading
The average home solar installation in the United States is 5.6 kW, so a 20 kW system is almost 4 times bigger!
If you’re interested in installing a 20 kW solar system, chances are this is a commercial installation or your electricity use is really high compared to the national average of about 900 kilowatt-hours per month. Maybe you live in an area that regularly sees summer temperatures over 100 degrees F and so you have to crank that air conditioning all summer to stay comfortable (AC is one of the biggest users of electricity in our homes!). Or maybe you live in a large house (read: mansion), so you have a lot of lighting and space to air condition. If this is the case, great! You are a prime candidate to go solar. The higher your electricity bill, generally the more you can save by installing a solar system.Continue reading
When you’ve committed to getting a solar panel installation, the very first thing your installer will do is perform a detailed site evaluation. Solar panels are not a one-size-fits-all solution – there are many factors that needs to be taken into account when designing a solar system to make sure it meets your needs. The evaluation is intended to answer these questions:
Great question. Before you commit to installing solar you want to know you’re working with a quality company.
Like finding any other product or service it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. But there are also a few important factors that can influence your choice of solar installer, most importantly whether you want to pay cash or lease a system. We’ve written about this before here so you may want to take a look before reading this: The Advantages of Paying Cash for Solar Systems.
If you’re looking at a solar leasing offer you may want to go with a big, national, reputable solar company. On the flip side if you’re paying cash it may make sense to go with a smaller but reputable local installer.Continue reading
How much do solar panels cost? The truth is that the cost has never been lower. Here’s how the solar drop breaks down throughout the past several decades, why we can expect it to continue to drop even further and what factors do you need to consider before calculating the costs of going solar.