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Solar power requirements & eligibility

Is your home a good candidate for solar power?

There are several factors that will determine whether your home is a good candidate for solar power. Here are some of the requirements for solar power:

  • First, think about your climate. Does your city get a lot of sunshine that can power solar panels? Sunny locations like San Diego or Tucson are great for a solar energy system, whereas rainy cities like Portland or Seattle may not reap as many of the benefits of a solar panel system.
  • Another important consideration is the layout and orientation of your roof. You will need a south-facing roof with enough square footage to accommodate the solar panels and max out the sun’s rays. Flat roof surfaces are great for accommodating solar panels and absorbing sun energy. Ideally, the space should be clear of vent pipes, chimneys and skylights. However, SolarCity can design around these features.
  • The space for your solar panels should have direct access to the sun, with little to no shading most of the day. Things that could interfere with your direct sunlight exposure include living in a metropolitan area, adjacent buildings and large trees.

To see if your home qualifies for a solar energy system, our knowledgeable energy consultants can provide more information. Contact us today to chat.

How many solar panels do I need to power my house?

One of the most common questions is how many solar panels does it take to power a house? The answer is different for every home. To get a rough idea of how many solar panels power a house, consider the following:

  • Your household energy consumption: The more energy your house uses, the more solar panels you will need. Think about how often you run the air conditioner when it gets hot, or how often you use the washing machine and dryer for laundry. Other contributing factors include your type of light bulbs, having energy-efficient appliances and being diligent about turning the light off when leaving the room. Use your energy bills from the past year to average monthly kWh usage.
  • Where you live: Another variable is the amount of sun exposure that your area receives over time. This is based on climate and weather, and is calculated in squared kWh/meters per day. Certain areas of the country, like the Southwest, receive much more solar insolation than others due to historic weather patterns.
  • How much you want to spend: At SolarCity, we believe solar energy is an investment for your future. SolarCity not only offers high-quality solar panels, but we also offer different financing options including the solar loan and SolarLease, where you can go solar for $0 down.

How can SolarCity help?

To discover what makes SolarCity stand out, just ask the tens of thousands of customers that are currently enjoying their solar energy systems. They will tell you that we are the best in the business. Everyone on our team — from our sales staff to our installation crews — demonstrates a professional, courteous attitude. We handle all of the details of your project, from the design to the permits and solar panel installation.

Another reason why so many customers choose SolarCity is our free 24/7 solar system monitoring solution that ensures your system runs smoothly, alerting us if problems arise. When you switch your system on, the PowerGuide will display your solar energy production in real-time. You can chart your energy production and consumption and watch your utility savings add up in actual dollars. SolarCity provides complete coverage for the duration of our agreement and we are on-call to handle any maintenance issues as quickly as possible. Call SolarCity and join the hundreds of thousands of customers who have made the switch to cleaner, more affordable energy.

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