Should you go solar?
Last updated 3/27/2023
At EnergySage, we want everybody to be able to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy: from clean power to bill savings and from the environmental benefit to the increased home value, we want the benefits of solar to be more accessible. We also recognize that solar, and in particular rooftop solar, isn’t always the right solution for everyone.
With that in mind, we’ve built this section as a handy guide to help you answer the question, “Should I go solar?” We’ll run through the main things you need to consider when deciding whether to invest in solar for your home or business.
Am I a good fit for solar?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether you’re a good fit for solar, but there are certainly a few key factors that can help determine if your home (or business!) is eligible for solar or not. At a very high level, the best fit for solar would be a single-family, stand-alone home that you own, with a southern-facing roof that’s in good condition and receives very little shading during the day. But even if some of those characteristics aren’t true for your situation, you may still be a good fit for solar!
To see if you’re a good fit for solar, and if solar is right for you, read this article.
Rooftop vs. community solar
Even if your home or business isn’t ideally suited for solar, there’s still an option for you to benefit from solar energy: enter, community solar. In many parts of the country, community solar allows you to participate in a large-scale solar project to benefit from solar power that’s not located directly on your property. In comparing rooftop vs. community solar, there are pros and cons to both options–not the least of which are the cost, the ease, and the savings–that may make one option more appropriate than the other.
To get a feel for the differences between rooftop and community solar, as well as whether you should look into one or both for your home or business, check out this article.
How much does solar cost?
For most people, solar is a financial decision: how much does solar cost, and how much will it save you? The two of those questions go hand-in-hand, and it’s important to keep them both in mind when deciding whether to go solar. There are a few key factors that determine how much your solar panel system will cost–the quality of the solar equipment you use, which installer you use, and even where you find that installer–as well as a few key factors that determine how much you’ll save by going solar–how much you pay for electricity now, how you pay for the system, what rebates and incentives are available, and, most importantly, how much your solar panel system costs.
To learn about how much solar costs, read this article.
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