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Read This Before Going Solar!

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Most homeowners in the United States are grappling with the rising cost of electricity. Going solar shields you from mounting New England electricity rates, increases your home's value, and minimizes your carbon footprint. The cost of powering your home with solar energy also decreases each year. You may be comparing gas and electric power to solar to weigh out your options.

Solar Technicians Installing Solar Panels On A New England Home.
Going Solar? Read This First!

Read on to gain insights into the process of going solar power, how solar works, and the advantages of solar.

How Does Solar Work?

Solar energy systems utilize photovoltaic to convert the sun's energy into electrical energy. Solar panels on rooftops use photovoltaic technology to tap the sun's energy. The technology uses photons in the sun's rays to generate electrons.

Solar For My Home: Is My Home Suitable for Solar Panels?

Solar panels are suitable for all climates. Solar panels may not work as desired if your home has excessive tree cover that blocks the sun from reaching your roof. An old and worn-out rooftop may also make your home unsuitable for solar panels.

The slope, size, and shape of your home's roof are vital aspects to consider. Solar panels work best on south-oriented rooftops whose gradient ranges from 15 to 40 degrees.

If an expert establishes that your home's rooftop is not ideal for solar panels, or you aren't a homeowner, you can use community solar. Community solar enables many individuals to tap solar energy from an offsite or onsite solar array. Users typically share the cost of installing and acquiring a community solar array.

How Much Power Can I Generate With Solar?

The power your home solar panel system can generate depends on size and capacity. The power output of most domestic solar systems ranges from 1 kW to 4 kW, which is enough to meet your home's energy needs. You can use your home's current power consumption to determine the solar capacity you need for your home.

Will I Save Money By Going Solar?

You may be asking, "Why go solar?" or, "Will I save with my solar energy conversion?".

Installing solar panels allows you to offset your energy usage and minimize your energy bills. Cost savings depend on many factors, including:

  • Your home's electricity consumption

  • The size and capacity of your home's solar power system

  • The purchase or lease terms of your solar power system

  • The efficiency of your rooftop solar panels

Your utility may reimburse you for any surplus energy your solar power system redirects to the electricity grid, enabling you to save overheads. In some US cities, the cost of solar power is already lower than that of electricity supplied by local utilities. Going solar power is now much cheaper than it was ten years ago.

Soft costs such as inspection, installation, and permitting are dropping every year, allowing you to save costs. You can also use energy-efficient appliances to minimize power usage and reduce expenses.

Can I Get Financing For Converting To Solar?

You can acquire a solar power system for your home through an outright purchase, a PPA, a loan, or a lease agreement. If you choose the outright purchase option, you can get a solar loan to reduce the system's upfront costs. In most instances, solar loan repayments are typically lower than a monthly energy bill, enabling you to save costs from the beginning.

Subsidized solar power loans featuring low-interest rates make going solar power more affordable. Novel homeowners can include solar loans in their mortgage packages to help convert to solar energy. Purchasing a solar power system in Massachusetts also makes you eligible for government-backed tax credits such as the ITC.

Can I Go Solar Without Changing the Aesthetics of My Home?

Building-integrated photovoltaic enables you to install solar panels on your rooftop without altering its appearance. Solar power providers use graphical layers to cover solar panels, allowing them to match the roof's appearance.

Where Can I Find Resources to Learn About Going Solar?

You can learn about solar energy systems from Devlin Energy. Our website contains resources on different aspects of solar power, including solar panel options, ideal solar power capacity for your home, and potential cost savings.

Time to Choose Solar in New England with Devlin Energy

Why go solar with Devlin Energy in New England? Devlin Energy provides a solution that meets your home's energy needs by assessing your homestead's daily energy requirements and recommending and installing a solar energy system with matching capacity. Contact us today for all your solar power needs! Get a free quote.

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