Solar Power...things to consider!

When you're ready to invest in solar, keep all of these steps in mind to design the best roof possible

Energy use and production is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the US, as well as one of the costliest expenses for businesses and households. To improve efficiency of resources, many building owners have developed an interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Rooftop solar installations can provide long-term economic and environmental benefits for building owners, and future tax breaks, technological advances in solar panels, and caps on carbon production may further increase the return on investment (ROI) for renewable energy sources.

At the same time, certain variables make it difficult to generalize on immediate returns. The viability of systems varies greatly, depending on the cost of electricity at the installation site, as does the price that state utility regulators set for the re-purchase of excess renewable power generated by the installation. The cost of installation itself can also vary, depending on the capacity of the roof to support panels.

Due to this uncertainty about the present-day economics behind panels, clients may be more interested in reserving space for a later installation. Whichever they prefer, here are eight factors to consider when designing a solar-ready roof.

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