How Large Of a Solar System Can Be Installed If I Have A Set Budget?
Okay, so we’ve discussed how much solar costs if your goal is to eliminate your electric bill and how much solar costs if your goal is to maximize your roof space, but what if you have limited funds to invest in solar and don’t want to go into debt to purchase a system (or worse, lease a system, which is always a bad idea). Does that mean you shouldn’t install solar and take advantage of the excellent R.O.I. and all the great environmental benefits? Absolutely not!
We are happy to design a system within your budget! Taking this approach we can tell you what size of a system we can install within your budget and what percentage of your electric bill will be off-set by the power produced from the solar array.
Of course, the first thing we’ll need to know is your budget. Then we’ll need to know your last 12 months of kWh (kilowatt hour) usage (see our prior blog posts in this series for instructions on how to determine this).
The next order of business is to determine your roofs tilt and orientation (we do this during our site analysis). The roof tilt and orientation will determine how much power (electricity) the system will generate given its size. It’s important that your roof have at least some southern exposure.
Once we have this information we can determine how large of a solar system we are able to install given your budget, how much power your system will produce (given its size and your roof tilt and orientation); and what percentage of your electric bill will be off-set by the solar array. With this information in hand you can easily do an “apples to apples” comparison with other solar proposals to see which installer is offering you the greatest value.
Also, keep in mind that if you have a limited budget today, we can always design your solar system to be “scalable” so you can add on to it in the future as additional funds come available.
If you haven’t had a chance yet to read our prior blog posts in this series titled “HOW MUCH DOES SOLAR COST?”, I would highly recommend doing so. There you will find lots of very specific and extremely useful information on price, R.O.I., tax credits, rebates, power production, payback time frames, etc., all of which will be very beneficial as you further explore the possibilities of installing solar on your home or business! You can click the links below to be taken directly to the prior blog posts in this series.
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