SEAL’s Approach to Solar
Chances are you’ve driven around Arkansas in the past few years and have noticed a marked increase in the presence of rooftop solar panels. While solar adoption is growing in Arkansas, it’s not nearly as common and popular as it is in states such as California. Many homeowners even believe that solar is out of reach and far too expensive, which simply isn’t the case.
At SEAL, we believe that 2016 is the year to debunk myths about solar and help Arkansas homeowners make valuable energy efficiency upgrades. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions surrounding solar energy, all of which are untrue:
Solar Panels are Too Expensive
False. This misconception is largely based on how much solar used to cost when it first hit the market. In just the past five years, however, the average cost of a solar panel has dropped by a whooping 60%. Now more than ever before, solar panels are affordable for the average homeowner and there are Federal Rebates available to help ease the burden.
Solar Panels can Only be Installed on New Roofs
Also false. While it’s always recommended that homeowners have their roofs redone before jumping straight into a solar install, it does not need to be brand new. If a roof repair is needed down the road, panels can typically be removed and replaced without issue.
Solar Panels Only Work in High-Sun Areas
False as well. Solar panels do gain their energy from the sun, but it doesn’t take endless sunlight to create a sizable amount of electricity. Take Germany, for example, which is responsible for 6,000% more solar power than the United States: the US sees 3,900% more sun each year.
The SEAL Approach
While there are a variety of different ways to approach a solar install, we stick to our own specific process here at SEAL. We believe that the trick is to reduce energy consumption as much as possible before installing solar equipment. Why? Imagine if you were to simply slap a bunch of panels on your home without first taking a closer look at home performance. If there are inefficiencies occurring, your solar panels will function merely to offset those issues and will not be able to truly perform their job properly.
Is your HVAC system out of date or not functioning properly? You’re going to need more panels. Insulation lacking? More panels. By first focusing on improving your home’s insulation, air sealing cracks and gaps, properly sizing your HVAC system, performing a lighting retrofit and then installing solar panels, you’ll be able to get a lot more out of a solar install.
Solar is approachable and available for Arkansas homeowners, and SEAL is here to help. Get in touch today or fill out the form below to learn more or and schedule your appointment!