Solar roof technology is older thank most people are aware. Consider the number of years the need to minimize dependence on non – renewable, fossil fuels has been the at the for front of clean energy conferences. One alternative at the top of the list is to replace them with clean solar energy. Solar roof projects have the ability to make a difference to our enviornment.

Other alternatives, which have been considered, include applications for solar, geo-thermal, hydrogen, and others. The conclusions for many was that they were either too expensive or, in the case of solar roof proponents, unsightly!

Enter Elon Musk, founder of Tesla. One of his enterprises invented replaceable solar roof tiles. They were developed to be an alternative instead of using units that sit on top of the regular roof.

Musk introduced the replacable solar roof tiles to the market at the same price point as tiles for a conventional roof. This is a prime examle of how technology works hand-in-hand to further develop the applications and options to make solar roof considerations more palletable.

4 Considerations Before You Commit

In deciding if a solar roof is the best option for you, there are four considerations one should look at:

  1. Investment
  2. Timing
  3. Exposure
  4. Zoning

It is not essential that each of these be in sync. And none is more important than the other. Yet, on its own, any one of these 4 solar roof considerations could stop any further discussion on upgrading to a solar roof.

1. Investment: Key considerations in deciding on solar include costs materials, labor, hooking the electric grid, and expected reduction in power bill from your local hydro provider. Compare the totals and decide if the cost savings will allow you to recoup your investment over a reasonable period of time.

2. Timing: This is not about how long it will take for the work to be completed. It is about the age and condition of your existing roof. For example, if your existing roof is at a point where it will have to be replaced within the next few years, then it would be more beneficial to seriously look at upgrading to a solar roof while the existing roof upgrade is underway.

3. Exposure: Although the technology is improving to the degree that less sunlight is needed to charge the batteries, there is still a need for sunlight. The exposure consideration focuses on ensuring there will be enough exposure to sunlight where the panels will be placed. Remember to take into consideration the seasonal changes.

4. Zoning: Climate change, the call for clean energy, and concerns for the enviroment are strongly influencing municipal and state (provincial) govenment decisions on provining grants and other incentives to encourge the switch to solar power and other clean energy sources. Be sure, as part of your planning, to investigate any zomning regulations and incentives that may be available in your community.

Summary 4 Solar Roof Considerations Before You Commit

Solar roof installations are on the rise (no pun intended). They are proven to be effective and, in time, with the reduced consumption of electricity from the power company will be cost effective.

Two additional benefits not discussed above are the potential reduced costs for power companies and rural development.

With more buildinging decreasing the demand on the power company, this reduces the demand for production, which cuts back on the oil and, is still in some cases, coal needed to produce the electricity.

Rural development is an opportunity on the fringe; one few have grabbed hold of. Imagine a cottage far from traditional power sources fully lighted, warm, and cozy. The technology exists now to make this happen.

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