Tips for Purchasing a Solar Power System

Posted on: 12 October 2016

If you are planning on getting a solar panel system for your home, you are likely nervous about the time and money that will need to be invested. These panels tend to require a lot of cash upfront. You want to make sure that you are getting the right kind so that you are not wasting your financial investment. Here are some tips for making sure that you are purchasing the best solar panel system for your needs. 

1. Make Sure It Has a Warranty of At Least 20 Years

Your first step, before even considering a set of solar panels, is to make sure that there is a warranty and that the warranty lasts for at least 20 years. The reason for that is that the average solar panel system pays itself off in a time period of between 4 and 20 years. You want to be sure that you are able to make a profit after all of your energy savings are calculated, not suffer a net loss forever because your solar panels had to be replaced after 5 years.

2. Make Sure You'll Get a Government Rebate

Governments prefer that you use renewable energy in order to help reduce your carbon footprint. As a result, they offer rebates to encourage people to invest in renewable energy systems. In order to get a government rebate, however, you need to make sure that you are purchasing solar panels that are certified by whatever compliance company your state finds the most trustworthy. This will help you ensure that you will actually get the rebate you deserve, helping your solar panels pay themselves off even faster.

3. Get the Batteries You Need for Energy Storage

Finally, make sure that you get the storage system, usually in the form of batteries, that you need to store excess power during sunny days. This will help you keep your house heated during the days when it is cloudy and your solar panels will be less efficient. Talk to your solar power provider because they will be able to look at the size of your house and the average amount of sunshine your area gets per month to help you calculate how much storage you will need.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in solar panel systems. They will be able to help you identify which systems will be the most likely to result in government rebates and will help you estimate storage needs.

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