At SolExergy, we believe in helping home and business owners find the right, high quality solar solutions for their lives and businesses. We’ve worked hard to build a good name for ourselves in the solar energy industry in New Mexico. This means that, over the years, we’ve had to tell potential clients that we didn’t think solar energy was a good choice for them. Here are a few reasons why:
Your financial situation doesn’t make sense for solar
Solar panels are an investment, and even with consumer financing and tax credits, not everyone is in a good financial place to install solar energy on their home. We don’t engage in leasing practices, and we never pressure someone to buy a solar system when they really can’t afford it. We do work with a local credit union, NUSENDA, to get financing deals on solar for our customers in New Mexico. But again, that’s not going to be the right choice for everyone, and we absolutely will not tell someone to sign up for a financing situation that isn’t worthwhile for them in the long run.
Furthermore, if your electricity doesn’t cost you very much, it may not be worth it for you to install solar panels. While we think solar panels are worthwhile because of their ability to help offset other energy costs and carbon emissions, they may not make sense for your individual situation, at least financially speaking.
You’re planning to move or sell your home
Again, solar panels are an investment, and if a homeowner is planning to stay put for a long time, it makes sense to make that improvement on the property. However, if you’re planning to move in a short timeframe, such as within two years or fewer, we won’t recommend that you install solar panels, because you won’t always get the return on your investment. It takes time for the money you save on electricity each month to really make a dent in what you pay for the panels and installation.
Solar panels are notoriously difficult to appraise, and even though a new study suggests that solar panels raise a home’s value by 4 percent, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to get the full value of the solar installation back in the selling price of your home. Also, some potential home buyers don’t see solar panels as an improvement, and depending on where you live, this could make your home more difficult to sell.
Your property isn’t conducive to solar energy collection
Because we’re construction contractors, we can install solar panels on a wider variety of rooftops and even in ground mount installations in ways that other solar providers can’t or won’t. However, this doesn’t mean we’ll install solar where it doesn’t make sense. It’s a best practice to install solar panels where they’ll collect the most sunlight, which usually means facing to the south, and in a place that is unobstructed by shade from trees or other buildings. In order for solar energy collection to work, you also need enough panels to generate a worthwhile amount of energy. That means you need enough space on your roof or ground mount area to install the right number of solar panels. We refuse to install solar panels that won’t do their job, and if your home or commercial property doesn’t have enough unshaded space facing the right direction to merit placing solar panels, we won’t recommend a solar installation.
Your roof is old or you’re planning on doing renovations
If you’ve got an old roof that you need to replace, it doesn’t make sense to install solar panels on it now. We would be happy to help with roof replacement and eventual solar, but we want to wait to avoid having to remove the panels during the roofing process. Also, if you’re going to do major renovations on your home, the solar panels may get in the way. This doesn’t mean you can’t add solar to your home or property later on, of course; we just recommend that you wait until after your roof or renovations are complete.
Your neighborhood association has a rule against solar
This may seem obvious, but we don’t recommend installing solar panels on your home if your neighborhood association attempts to ban them in a particular way. This is definitely something to find out before you get the process rolling. Some associations allow flat roof installs, while making other roofs difficult and other associations have restrictions for or against ground mounts. Homes or properties that are listed as heritage or historical sites may also have to get special permission to add solar panels. We can help you navigate the local laws and regulations, but we won’t push you to go through the process if it’s not going to be worth it in the end.
If you’re interested in harvesting the sun for energy, but are wondering if solar energy is right for you, contact us today. We’ll take you through all the pros and cons of a solar installation and help you decide whether or not to move forward.