Going solar isn’t a complicated process, but there are some common pitfalls we see customers fall into before they find us. Here’s some things to avoid when you’re beginning the process of going solar, and how to make sure your solar energy system is installed without any mistakes!
MISTAKE #1: NOT HAVING A PLAN
Not having a good plan for your design could mean your panels are facing the wrong way. Or your inverter isn’t the right capacity. But beyond design, you have to have a plan for your future energy needs. Most systems have a lifespan of 25 years, and you may need to consider what life changes to expect that could impact how much energy you need. Getting married and starting a family? More people means more energy use, and you’ll want to plan in advance for that.
MISTAKE #2: LEASING YOUR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM
Part of what makes going solar so attractive is the idea of owning your energy. Once your financing payments are complete, you will own your energy and your system outright and pay R0 a month in energy costs. BUT if you lease, you will never fully own your system AND you can’t claim any of the tax benefits or rebates that may be available to you. The owner you are leasing from reserves the right to claim any of these incentives for themselves.
MISTAKE #3: NOT GOING SOLAR BECAUSE OF AESTHETICS
Solar panels have come a long way in the last few years alone, and with an experienced installer and high quality materials, you can have a system integrated with your home that looks good. Panels typically come in blue or black, depending on the model, but which one is right for your home depends on your style, your budget, and your location. Rest assured there is a viable and attractive solution for going solar that can not only look great, but increase your property value as well.
MISTAKE #4: THINKING ALL SOLAR IS 100% OFF THE GRID
Going solar certainly provides you more energy freedom when it comes to powering your home, but there are actually two ways to go about it. If you maintain a grid tie, you will still receive an energy bill from your local utility and likely have to pay fees for general connection maintenance. But you also have the grid as your backup in case your panels can’t generate enough energy due to weather or during the night. To be 100% off the grid your system should include enough battery storage to maintain power through your longest storm or period of darkness. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Speak with the experts at Solar Man today to see which one is right for you.
Don’t make the same mistakes we’ve seen. Call Solar Man and let’s help you find the right solar energy solution for your home. Our affordable, custom designed solar energy systems are designed with you in mind, make no mistake about it.