5 Questions to Ask before Installing Solar Panels in your Greater Boston Area Home

Do rising electric bills have you thinking about going solar? As heating and cooling costs have skyrocketed in recent years, many homeowners are looking for more sustainable energy solutions for their property.

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With a sea of options, it can seem a little overwhelming. But doing a basic assessment is a great place to start.

Here are 5 questions to ask before installing solar panels on your Greater Boston area home.

Aerial view of installing solar panels and roofing in Hopkinton, MA.

1. How much electricity does your home use?

Before you begin looking into installing solar panels, you’ll want to thoroughly understand your electric bill and energy usage. Most homeowners don’t understand all the figures and data on the utility bill. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.

During our initial consultation, your Golden Group representative will help you analyze the key figures on your electricity bill that will affect your project plan:

  • Your usage (monthly and annual)
  • Your current price
  • Your generation and supply

 If you move forward with your project plan, we’ll also need to gather your meter number, account number, and contact information when we apply for approval from the utility company.  

2. How much electricity will your home need in the future?

When we review the solar options with you, we’ll discuss your housing plans for the future.  

Do you intend to sell the home in the next few years, or are you investing for decades to come?  Do you plan to add a heated pool, installing central air conditioning, heating a garage, or building an addition to the home to accommodate aging parents within the next 1-5 years?

Future plans such as these can affect the amount of electricity your family will need in the home in the years to come.  Our team at Golden Group Roofing will make sure that both your current and future needs are met by the solar panel installation.

3. Is your Greater Boston home a good candidate for installing solar panels?

Since solar panels use energy from the sun, some homeowners may wonder how effective solar panels are. This can be especially concerning in northern climates such as Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area. The truth is that solar panels work well in cooler climates, and the angled installation prevents snow buildup.  These make solar panels an excellent choice for Boston area homes.

But a lot will depend on your particular property. First, we’ll take a look at details such as the amount of sun (or shade) your roof receives, the surrounding environment such as trees, and the position of the roof in relation to the sun. This will give you a preliminary idea of the solar energy effectiveness.

Once you decide to move forward, our site surveyor will inspect your roof and attic components such as the plywood and beams to be sure that your structure can handle the load of the solar panels.

4. What’s your Return on Investment with solar panels?

With a lot of information on the internet, calculating the return on investment (ROI) can be confusing for homeowners. Thankfully, Golden Group Roofing is fully integrated with tools that will evaluate your home’s data and produce a comprehensive solar design and project estimate

You’ll get all of the return on investment details so you can make an informed decision based on your objectives for your specific property.  Every project is different!

We’ll even review any state incentives or rebates with you, or lease vs. buy options, depending on what is available at the time. We stay up to date in the latest incentives so that you don’t have to. 

5. Is your installer qualified to perform a fully integrated solar and roofing system?

You’ve probably heard about solar panel installations that didn’t go smoothly.  Perhaps they didn’t integrate well with the new roof.  Suddenly, homeowners are in a pickle. The solar installer blames the roof installation, and the roof installer blames the solar installation.

The solution is to hire a reputable roofing company that is trained on a fully integrated solar and roof installation, like Golden Group Roofing. We invest in premium grade materials for both roofing and solar panels. We also provide extensive training for our year round crew.

We’ll take care of everything from the site evaluations, the energy analysis, the roofing plan, permit applications, and working with the utility company. We are responsible for the entire roofing and solar system, giving you one point of contact and excellent customer service.

Call now for information on installing solar panels.

Even if you’re only in the research stage, we are here for you.  Golden Group Roofing has invested heavily in training our crew on the latest solar and roofing technology, so our team can answer all your questions – without any obligation or pressure. We’re here for you to reap all the energy and cost savings benefits of an integrated solar roofing system.  

Give our team a call at 1-508-873-1884 about installing solar panels on your Greater Boston area home.