Solar Site Evaluation in 3 Easy Steps
A professional solar site evaluation is invaluable for helping you understand the benefits and challenges of installing a photovoltaic system.
And getting an expert opinion won’t cost you a thing. Most photovoltaic contractors — including Intermountain Wind & Solar — offer free consultations to homeowners and business owners who are considering making the switch to photovoltaic energy.
A site assessment provides a clear picture of how well a PV panel array will work for you.
Step 1: Examine of Your Roof for Solar Site Potential
One of our experienced photovoltaic experts will visit your home or business to assess its potential for harnessing energy from the sun. Checking out your roof is the first step of the solar site evaluation.
Photovoltaic systems can be heavy, and depending on how many panels you need, your roof must have adequate support. And although solar contractors aren’t roofers, we point out any obvious, visible damage that should be fixed prior to your photovoltaic installation.
In examining your roof, we also check skylights, vents and other obstructions that could hinder the placement of a solar array. We also consider the orientation and pitch of the roof to ensure that photovoltaic panels can face and tilt toward the sun.
If your roof isn’t ideal for a photovoltaic array, our solar expert will look for a sunny spot on your property to install a ground-mounted photovoltaic array.
Step 2: Identify Any Potential Shading Problems
For both rooftop and ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays, shading can be a problem. Any shade that falls on your solar panels can cause a reduction in the power output.
So the next step of your site evaluation is a thorough shade analysis.
We use several on-site tools and software programs to determine the amount of shading that affects your rooftop (or ground-mount location). We also take seasonal variances into account.
Some shade obstructions, like chimneys and nearby buildings, cannot be helped. But whenever possible, trimming trees and removing obstacles helps increase your energy output.
Step 3: Present the Results of the Solar Site Evaluation
Once we complete the roof examination and shade analysis, it’s time for the final step of the site evaluation — a complete explanation of the results.
We explain the solar potential of your property and recommend the photovoltaic components that we believe are best suited to your goals. We can also explain your options for financing at that time.
We also address any questions or concerns you may have to help you make an informed decision about adopting solar energy.
Intermountain Wind & Solar, the region’s leading photovoltaic provider, provides professional consultations for homeowners and business owners throughout the Intermountain West. Contact us today to request a quote or to schedule your professional solar site evaluation.