I want to go solar, where do I start?

We’re glad to say that getting started with solar is easier than you might think.

It’s great that you’re thinking of going solar, not only is it great for the environment, but it can also save you a lot of money. If you’re installing panels for the first time then you’re probably wondering where you begin, well,

Do your homework

Firstly you will need to start figuring out what you need and who is available to help you. All the information that you need should be easy to find. To begin with though, you should try to answer all of the following questions:

  • What solar companies are available in your area?
  • Do any energy companies offer feed-in solar tariffs?
  • Which way does your roof face?
  • How many hours of sunlight does your area get on average?
  • What type of a roof do you have, and how will this impact your system?
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Figure you what you need

Next, you’re going to need to know what size system you need and how many panels that is probably going to take. All you’ll need is recent energy bill and a calculator. We’ve written up a full guide on estimating how many solar panels you will need, so when you’re done here, why not head over there and we’ll talk you through it?

Click here for the full guide to calculating how many solar panels your home will need.

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Get quotes and compare

Now you should have an understanding of what you will need and the companies in your area who can help you get it. So it is time to begin comparing their services. Try to get as many quotes as you can and ask as many specific questions as you can during your consultation. Many solar companies will offer free services such as home inspections or on-site consultations, try to take advantage of these as much as possible. Don’t feel pressured or obligated to work with a particular company just because they have visited your home or given you advice. Find the company that you feel most comfortable with and that offers the most competitive price.

Make your choice

When you’ve found a solar provider that suits you, you can press on with installation. Installing your panels is typically quick and easy, and can be done within a day or occasionally a few days for larger systems. Remember, just like with any other product you get, don’t let yourself get pressured by solar companies or do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. No your needs and stick with them, ask as many questions as you can think of and be suspicious if a company don’t have the answer, and stick within your budget.

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Change your plan

Don’t forget to change your energy plan. You’ll probably want to look for a solar feed-in tariff, which will let you sell any excess energy generated back to the electricity grid, but this will depend on what is available in your area. We’ve written up previews of energy providers available by state, so if you’re wondering which companies provide solar services in your area, click the link below.

Click here for a guide to energy providers by state.

If you have gathered all of the information above the you’re ready to go.

Shahedul Islam

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