Assessing Your Solar Potential

Assessing Your Solar Potential

Assessing your solar potential is a critical first step if you are considering installing a solar energy system in your New York home or business.  The amount of power generated by a solar energy system at a particular site depends on how much of the sun’s energy reaches it, and the size of the system itself – that’s why you need to know what the conditions are in your local area as well as the details of your specific site.

Several online resources are available to you in order to get started.  The US Department of Energy website offers a great deal of information and some tools to help you determine your home’s solar energy potential.  So does the National Energy Research Laboratory website.   Some of the services also offer information on the estimated system size, potential costs and savings, and local contractors.

These tools can help with assessing your solar potential, but they don’t account for all of the variables that need to be considered for your particular system. For that, you will need to work directly with a solar installer who can provide an accurate assessment of your solar potential as well as detailed recommendations, estimates, and equipment expertise.  You should work with a local provider like Venture Home Solar to address the solar capacity of New York State and the particulars of your home or business site.

Assessing Your Site

Venture Home Solar will help you assess your site.  For example, do you have nearby shade trees, or does your neighbor have trees that could shade your solar system once installed?  How old is your roof?  If it needs to be replaced within the next few years, it makes sense to make that improvement before going solar.  Do you have a neighborhood HOA that might impose restrictions on a solar installation or require approval before work can begin.

Also critical, Venture Home Solar can help you decide whether you want to own your solar system or take advantage of one of several leasing options, including entering into a Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) that requires little or no upfront costs and allows you to purchase power generated by your system from a solar company or utility that pays for and installs your system.

Learn more about “going solar” in New York by contacting one of our solar experts at Venture Home Solar. Call us today at  800-203-4158 to find out more about investing in solar energy!  We are the local experts who know the “ins and outs” of our state policies here in New York, including the tax incentives and rebates that can make a solar installation on your home or business even more cost effective. Call Venture Home Solar today (800-203-4158) to get started!