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How to Prepare for Solar Panel Installation

Here in Tacoma, solar installation is a much more viable option than it was just a few short years ago. Washington State isn’t known for its sunny days, but thanks to advances in solar technology, we can still take full advantage of this perpetually renewable source of power. If you’ve decided to install a set of solar panels, you should make sure your home is ready for it, and have everything set before the big day arrives. Here’s a short guide on how to prepare for solar installation. You can discuss the specifics with your technician based on the particular needs of your home.

Sunset Air knows that every home is different and that you need a system of solar panels that’s right for your circumstances. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

Steps to Prepare Your Home for Solar Installation

You should start by giving your roof a thorough inspection or having your contractor do it. You want to watch for things like leaks, rickety panels, loose shingles, or anything that may interfere with the system’s ability to function. In many cases, solar panels can be installed regardless of the slope or style of the roof, but you want to make sure it’s all in tip-top shape before installation begins.

Along those lines, you’ll need to measure the square area of your roof (or your yard if you’re installing the panels there) to ensure that there’s enough space. Generally speaking, you’ll need about 400 square feet of free space for an efficient set of solar panels, but you may need more depending upon the power requirements of your home.

Finally, consider the presence of shadows or the like from nearby trees and other structures. Your solar panels need to have an unobstructed view of the sky for as many hours of the day as possible. You may need to cut away tree limbs or even remove certain trees in order to do that.

As always, advice from a trained professional can help you prepare for solar installation properly. And in Tacoma, solar installation experts can be found at Sunset Air. Come in and see us today.

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