Utilizing the power of the Sun in Hawaii is a great idea. Our islands get almost year-round exposure, and solar power is an eco-and-wallet-friendly solution to rising energy bills and increasing consumption.
Not every home in the islands is a good fit for solar panels though, and we have pulled together a list of the 7 things you need to consider before getting solar panels installed.
(1) What is the weight capacity of your roof?
Solar panels add additional weight to the roof. Depending on the pitch (angle) of the roof, that weight will be displaced differently. Read about the calculations here. Solar panels might not be viable depending on the type of roofing material, angle of the roof, and weight capacity it’s rated for.
(2) What is the public energy situation in my region or neighborhood?
How easily can you hook up to the grid from your home? What are the regulations from the electric company and associated costs? These are important things to research before jumping into solar panel installation.
(3) What is the direction / position of my roof?
The slope and direction of your roof will indicate whether solar panels are a good idea. Flatter roofs without coverage can be good, while slanted roofs facing South and West directions for optimal power. Is your roof shaded by trees or other buildings? If so, solar panels might not be right for you.
(4) How will my roof hold up over time?
Solar panels can cause rainwater to move in different directions, which might damage the roof over time. Be sure to speak with a solar installation professional about how well your roof will hold up over time if solar panels are installed.
(5) Will my roof need repair or replacement soon?
Installing solar panels onto a damaged or compromised roof is a huge waste of money. You’ll need to know the current condition of your roof—if there is damage, if it needs repairs, or if it needs to be replaced—before considering solar. Installing panels onto a faulty roof will only cost you in the long run.
(6) Can my home accommodate the additional technology?
Depending on where you live, some seasons might get less than optimal sun. It’s important to find out whether your region gets enough sun for solar panels to be effective at powering the whole house. You’ll also need room for an inverter, additional wiring, and additional technology. Outdated homes may not function with the newer technology of solar panels.
(7) What types of Warranties are available?
Warranties for the solar panels, installation labor, and inverter are all important considerations when choosing a solar panel company or solar panel products.