Installing Solar Panels on Different Roof Types

Whether you’re thinking of installing solar panels on your current roof or re-roofing first, there are a few things to consider to make sure your roof will be ready for solar panels.

The good news is most types of roofs are compatible with solar panels!

Many people wonder whether solar panels can affect the integrity of their roof. Fortunately, the majority of roofing materials can accommodate a solar panel installation without harming the roof itself. Asphalt shingles, which are most common, also called composite roofing, work great for solar panels and involves a simple installation process. Tile roofs are also compatible with solar panels and making them easy to install. Surprising to some, the roof type that is most compatible with solar panels is a standing metal roof. The standing seam allows for easier and cheaper installation without drilling into the roof.

Roofing materials that are not ideal for solar include wood and slate roofs. These roofing materials are brittle, so solar panel installers can’t just walk around on the roof as they normally could. This makes for a more difficult and, therefore, more expensive installation process.

The pitch, or angle, of your roof is also something to consider. The ideal angle for a solar panel is considered to be 30 degrees.

If you have a steeper roof, then it will likely still work for solar panels and won’t have much of an effect on your energy production. For example, a tilt of 40 degrees should only decrease energy production by about one percent compared to 30 degrees. However, anything over 40 degrees is probably too steep.

If your roof is flat, then you can still install solar panels. It just means you’ll have to use brackets to angle the panels, which can cost a little extra.

Since roofs can come in near infinite configurations of shape and size, SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston can take a look at your roof and give you some feedback on whether solar panels would fit well and how much of your roof surface can be equipped with panels.

 

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How Heavy is Solar?

Written by Taylor Nink

How heavy is “solar” heavy? Solar Panels aren’t those big, heavy, and industrial investments anymore and it’s time that everyone knows that.

Remember when the first home computer was created? That big, bulky, heavy screen with the even heavier tower was state of the art! But notice how the continuous advances in technologies have helped us create skinny laptops that maybe weigh a pound or two that we can carry anywhere we want without any strain. Solar is the same way!

Way back in the “olden days”, solar energy panels were large and bulky and deemed too heavy to be particularly safe in the public eye. Why? Because we didn’t have the technological advances to be able to harness all the environmental benefits of solar into one little panel. But, now we do!

Solar Panels are are now slim, sleek, and attractive designs without all the crazy wires that used to be associated with them. These new and improved solar panels only weigh roughly 2.3 lbs per square foot and I promise that is not too much for your roof! Your roof can withstand 20 lbs per square foot before professionals think there is too much weight. Our homes are solid structures and they laugh at the measly weight of solar panels. Still worried about your roof and the weight? SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston can easily tell you if your roof can withstand the weight of a solar system. Plus, when that system you buy is installed properly, you will also be able to laugh at the measly weight of solar panels as you watch your electric bill dwindle to nothing.

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Solar Means Equity

Written by Taylor Nink

Are you going to live in your home forever? It’s an honest question.

Many people do not plan on living in the same home forever, and wish to sell it, turn a profit and move on to the next project. How do you make that profit? One simple word: Equity.

And how can you build that equity while being able to benefit from it yourself? Buying Solar Panels for your home! When you buy solar panels for your home, and they are installed by solar professionals like SuperGreen Solutions, you are able to build equity in your home and increase its overall value. However, if you do not own the solar system attached to your home and you decided to lease it instead, none of the benefits of solar transfer to the value of your property.  Yeah, sure, leasing sounds good because you don’t want to own those “expensive panels” and the upfront costs are so much lower. But does an extra $15,000 to $20,000 on your home’s sale price catch your attention because the Solar comes with the house? Because it should.

With the popularity of renewable energies shooting sky high, houses with solar panels are becoming increasingly desirable and the science backs it up. Experts are affirming that homes with solar panels installed sell faster and for a higher price, leaving more money in your pocket. And with solar increasing your home’s value at a minimum of 3-4%, there is only going up from there. Why not give the bank more of a reason to value your home higher, reduce your carbon footprint, all while enjoying huge energy savings! Solar Energy with SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston can guide you in the decision processes that you need to start making.

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Smog Who

Written by Taylor Nink

Imagine how charming our cities would be without all of the pollution.

The coal burning causing the smog that fills our lungs and smokestacks that touch the sky could just vanish and never be seen again.

What would our lives be like if we were able to rid the earth of that, all of the environmental and health benefits that come with it? It sounds impossible, but it’s not. The feasible solution is solar energy, and the only thing that solar can do for us is help us benefit our lives and the environment. Not only does solar energy use renewable energy created daily by the sun for free and reduce our carbon footprint, but, depending on the system size that SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston customizes for you, solar could eliminate your dependency on coal burning energy completely. This lessens the amount of carbon dioxide that is being pumped into the atmosphere and reduce the overall amount of greenhouse gases.

A majority of the electricity that is used throughout the United States in both the residential and commercial sectors are produced through the burning of fossil fuels. By switching to solar, a continuously readily abundant source, we can work towards reducing our harmful effects on the world. Solar Energy is clean and has no byproduct of it being produced which will help us reduce global temperatures back to their equilibrium and reduce the massive changes in global climate change. So, what are the effects of solar energy on the environment, you ask? Nothing but good stuff!

 

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Can Solar Lower My Electric Bill?

Written by Taylor Nink

With electrics rates on the rise, thanks to the merciless electric companies, everyone’s electric bills are becoming increasingly cumbersome for families to handle.

Homeowners of all kinds are falling victim to their electric company’s bills, but did you know there is a way to fight the electric companies and save your money? Two words, Solar Energy.

Solar energy is renewable energy by the sun that is guaranteed to lessen your electric bill or rid yourself of paying for electric all together. The type and size of solar system you decide to install for your home will determine how much money you will save on your monthly electric bill. If you decide to install whole house solar, you will still receive an electric bill, but with no balance because of your ability to produce your own energy. If you decide to install a smaller solar system, you are able to significantly decrease what you will pay to your electric company since you will be drawing less on their electrical supply. SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston will help you make the most educated and informed decision on the size and capacity of your solar system with a custom design just for your home.Then, depending on where you live, some counties allow for net-metering, where electric companies will pay you for all the extra electricity that you produce and do not use from your solar system.

So much freedom can come from purchasing solar from SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston that many people don’t know of. Imagine if one day your electric bill disappeared, because it is possible! When you purchase solar, your electric bill can vanish and in place you make payments towards your solar installation. This would allow you to increase the equity in your home while breaking away from the power companies for electricity. Sounds like a win/win, right? Yes! Not only would this increase the value of your home for resale, but you would be able to cut down or rid yourself of your electric bills, build equity for your home, and eventually save yourself a pretty penny all while reducing your carbon footprint.

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Do I Need a Building Permit to Add Solar Panels to my Home?

You’re making a smart choice by going solar that can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

However, you may be wondering if you need a building permit to add solar panels to your home. The answer is “yes” — you will need a permit.

Any addition to your home is likely to require a permit, and adding anything, including photovoltaic panels, without learning about and applying for the proper permissions can have serious consequences. SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston will help you every step of the way.

Remember that regulations can vary from state to state, so it’s important that you follow the regulations specific to the state in which you intend to add solar panels to your building.

Getting a permit to install solar panels isn’t just about going down to City Hall and filling out a form. There may be local, state and federal building or safety standards you must comply with.

You may also need to have a local electrical inspector approve that you’re meeting the appropriate electrical codes. You, most likely, already have homeowners’ insurance. Your insurer may also have regulations about any additions to your house that you need to comply with in order to avoid invalidating your policy. The power company may also need to be notified and clear your solar panel plans. SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston will be involved in this process to make sure your new solar system complies with all of the local regulations needed.

Contact us today for more information about how to get started with your new solar system!

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Can Solar Panels Damage Your Roof?

To securely attach the photovoltaic mounting racks, PV installers will need to make some holes in your roof. But you don’t need to worry about water leaking through them.

Photovoltaic mounting components are specifically designed for rooftop solar installations, and thus guard against roof leaks. Special flashing is installed around every rooftop penetration to help water flow safely away. To ensure a watertight seal, the holes are filled with high-quality silicone.

Professional solar contractors like SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston are extremely cautious, taking every possible measure to keep your roof leak-free after photovoltaic installation. SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston will insure that a well-qualified contractor will install your system and your chance of a future leak won’t be any higher than any other roof.

Over time, harsh weather takes a toll on any roof. Years of pounding rain, hail and sunshine can cause roofing products to degrade and could increasing the likelihood of a leak. When you install photovoltaic panels, however, your rooftop is better protected from much of this weather-related damage.

Additionally, a rooftop solar panels can help keep your home cooler in the summer. A photovoltaic array blocks heat from entering, reducing the need for air conditioning and increasing indoor comfort. As a result, your summer cooling costs will go down.

Contact SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston for more information by clicking here.

 

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How Long Do Solar Panels Really Last?

Manufacturers usually offer solar panels with a 25-30 years of warranty. The warranty itself also guarantees that your panels should still produce at least 80% of their initial output peak rate after 25-30 years (depending on the panels or manufacturer). This means they expect no more than 1% decrease in efficiency per year.

According to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, some premium panel manufacturers offer degradation rates as low as 0.3% per year; and while other brands have higher degradation rates of up to 0.8% per year, that’s still a yearly average degradation rate of only 0.5%. SuperGreen Solutions of Charleston can help you pick out the right solar system for your needs.

Meaning, even if you get a standard solar panel 25-year warranty period at 0.5% degradation, your solar panels should continue operating at around 88% of their original capacity after this time.

Solar panel systems do not have any moving parts. This makes breakdowns due to wear and tear highly unlikely, but the chemicals used to make solar panels can deteriorate and break down over time. However, as your solar system ages, it doesn’t suddenly go bad. Instead, its power capacity diminishes to a certain degree, which is called degradation.

It is rare for a solar panel to go bad, but where it does it is generally due to one of two factors:

  • A breakdown of the microwires inside a cell causing a short circuit (arc) and a hotspot; or
  • The encapsulation that keeps water out of the active part of the panel fails.

To learn more about how long a solar energy system can produce sustainable energy for your home contact us by clicking here.

 

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Will Your New Solar Panels be Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

Adding solar panels to a home is an investment, and it’s important to understand if they are covered by your homeowners insurance.

Before taxes, an installed rooftop solar energy system can cost on average anywhere between $15,000 and $30,000, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy. Being able to insure that investment against damage from a storm or other event could be key in whether or not you choose to add solar panels to your home.

Here are a few things to consider about insurance coverage and home solar energy panels.

Get solar panel insurance

Solar panel insurance coverage is included in most homeowners insurance policies, which means no separate solar panel insurance is needed. Solar energy systems are usually considered a permanent attachment to your property, similar to a patio or a security system. It’s important to note that some policies may exclude damage to these attachments when it’s caused by a particular threat, such as wind. You should always check with you homeowners insurance to see the details of their solar panel coverage.

Adjust claim limits, if needed

Another important issue regarding solar panel insurance is that there may be no claim limit involved. A claim limit is the maximum amount paid out for a loss that your insurance policy covers. This is different from coverage on structures that are clearly separated from the house, such as a storage shed.

For homeowners with solar panels, that’s a big positive. At the same time, it’s important to check the details of your policy to confirm you have enough coverage to pay for repairs or replacement of your home including the cost of the solar panel system. You should also be aware of any deductible amount you’ll need to pay before coverage is activated. If you feel you’d like to raise your coverage limit, consult your agent to adjust your policy.

Know whether you need a separate policy

Most rooftop solar energy systems are covered by standard homeowners policies, which doesn’t change your insurance plan. However, you may need to increase the amount of coverage on your home to account for the cost of the system which can then raise your premium. Of course, not every policy or solar energy system is the same.

Solar panel systems can be an excellent investment, reducing your electricity bill while increasing the value of your home. Protecting that investment with the proper homeowners insurance can help ensure you’re covered if the unexpected happens. We can help you with any questions you may have! Just contact us by clicking here.

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Solar for Townhomes and Condominiums

There are many reasons to go solar. A solar panel system is a great investment that can greatly reduce electricity costs, increase the value of your property, and reduce your carbon footprint. Solar power isn’t just for single-family homes! You can make the transition to solar even if you live in a condo or townhome. Here are a few things that can make adding a solar system to your condo more successful.

  • A solar champion: Having a resident who acts as the primary advocate for the project will ensure that everyone involved understands the value of installing solar.
  • Support of the condominium association: Association support is necessary for any project to go forward. Without it, the complicated process of installing solar on a condominium can become an impossible task.
  • A contractor experienced in working with condominiums: Having a solar installer who understands the unique circumstances of condominium solar projects will give you support throughout the process and access to the information you need.

How Condo Solar Projects work

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to solar power for condos. When you live in a condo building, your condominium agreement and bylaws will determine your solar options. Most solar projects for condominiums can be categorized under one of two approaches:

Association Projects

With an association project, a solar PV system provides electricity for common areas of the building. Association projects typically connect to the building’s common electric meter, and any extra electricity the PV system produces can be shared with individual condo unit owners.

Single or Joint Unit-Owner Projects
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In a unit-owner project, one or more unit owners pay to install a solar panel system on the roof of the condo or townhome for their personal use. If you propose a unit-owner project, you will need to get approval from the condo association and obtain an easement to authorize system installation and maintenance. In some cases, the association may also charge you a separate fee for the use of the roof.

Unit-owner projects don’t require that all of the residents make an investment in order to install the solar energy system, so they may be easier to negotiate in large condo complexes. However, there may be constraints on your right to use the roof depending on the size of your building and how your agreement is structured.

If neither of these options is viable for you, you can also consider community solar power, either by finding an existing project or by working with the community to create a new community solar installation.

For greater chances of success, get buy-in from neighbors!

Once you have a sense of your equipment and financing options, start gathering support for your solar project. Begin by meeting with your condo association – without their support, a successful solar project will be very difficult. Emphasize the potential for savings and the benefits for unit owners to make the case for a solar installation.

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