Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Solar Installation’

What’s the Best Time of Year for Solar Panel Installation?

Monday, February 19th, 2024

Harnessing the free and endless energy of the sun is an ideal way for homeowners to reduce the amount of energy that they have to buy from their utility. You might be thinking, “That’s great in sunny climates, but this is the Pacific Northwest.”

One of the biggest misconceptions is that investing in solar panels in Tacoma, WA, isn’t worthwhile. But in fact, it doesn’t need to be constantly sunny outside to tap into the available energy. Solar panels can generate electricity even when it’s cloudy, overcast, and rainy. 

You needn’t worry that your solar panels won’t have enough sunlight to power them. Instead, you should be thinking about the best time of year to have a solar panel system installed. Let’s go over the pros and cons of having solar panels installed in each season.

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3 Benefits of Investing in Solar Energy

Monday, July 24th, 2023

More and more Washington State homeowners are looking to solar energy as a wise investment for their home energy needs. It’s a common misbelief that solar isn’t a viable option in the cloudy, rainy Pacific Northwest. But that just isn’t true. In fact, even on a cloudy day, there’s enough light outside for solar panels. 

With the advancements that have been made in solar energy technology over the last decade, it really does pay to invest in solar energy. Even more exciting is the fact that homeowners will find that they qualify for incentives by going solar, in addition to the other cost-saving benefits.

Let’s review three major benefits of solar installation in Tacoma, WA

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Is Solar A Good Investment in Washington State?

Monday, May 1st, 2023

It’s no surprise that in the Evergreen State, many Washington State residents pride themselves on being “green.” Whether it’s the car you drive or the way you heat your home, choosing the eco-friendly option is appealing to many homeowners in our beautiful state.

However, many Washington State homeowners are perplexed by the thought of solar energy. It’s a common misconception that we don’t get enough sunlight to make solar panels worth the investment. However, that’s simply not the case. Let’s take a look at solar panel installation so you can learn how this is definitely an eco-friendly investment that’s worth it.

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What Are My Home’s Requirements for Installing a Solar System?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Solar systems have come a long way in a very short time, and here in Olympia, solar installation services no longer need to worry about the excessive cloud cover of the Pacific Northwest. When properly installed, such a system can save you a great deal of money over the years, as well as increasing your home’s self-sufficiency and reducing your carbon footprint. But before you sign up for an installation, you need to make sure your home is right for solar installation. “What are my home’s requirements for installing a solar system?” you ask. Read on for the answers.

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How to Prepare for Solar Panel Installation

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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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