The Solarize program takes the guesswork out of purchasing solar panels by providing you with all the information you need to make a decision. One way we can help is by providing homeowners a free solar assessment. Here are some of the steps we take to help you determine if solar panels are a good fit for your home.
Step 1: Solar Assessment
Once you complete our sign-up form, member of our team will begin to prepare your free solar assessment. We will begin by reviewing an aerial image of your home (like the one on Google Maps) to obtain basic information about the location of your home, the orientation of your roof (a south facing roof will attract the most solar energy), and the existence of any obstructions (like large trees) that may diminish your roof’s solar potential. This information is used to prepare your solar assessment and to outline the potential costs and benefits of a solar installation on your home.
Step 2: On-Site Solar Assessment
Once you receive your free solar assessment, it is up to you to decide if you want to take the next step. If you would like more information, then we will put you in touch with one of our solar installers who will contact you to schedule a free, on-site solar assessment.
During the assessment, the solar installer will examine your roof and calculate the best location to install solar panels on your home. Among the key items that your solar assessment will review are:
- Age and condition of your roof
- Degree of tilt and orientation of your roof
- Presence of any obstacles to sunlight on your property
- Ideal location to install solar panels on the exterior of your home
- Location of appropriate interior connection points
In addition to these items, your solar installer will conduct a solar shading analysis to document the solar resource potential.
With this information, your solar installer will be able to determine the projected solar energy generation potential of a custom designed system for your home.
Step 3: Proposal
After the solar assessment is complete, you will be provided with an installation proposal tailored to your home. The solar assessment does not obligate you to act, but simply provides a recommendation for how solar can help meet your home’s energy needs.
In addition to system design information, each proposal will include information on available financial incentives and expected power production. Finally, your report will have a price for a solar PV system sized to fit your home. If a roof-mounted solar PV array is not possible, the installer will explain other potential options for solar energy production on your site.
If you decide that solar is right for you, the solar installer will work with you to schedule a time to install your solar panels so you can begin producing your own energy.