What to Consider When Adding Solar to Your Arizona Home

Sabrina Lopez
February 11, 2016
3 min read

A solar energy system can be a great way to reduce your energy costs and environmental footprint and increase the value of your home. If you are looking to add solar to your Arizona home, here are four things you should consider:

1. You Don’t Always Need a South-Facing Roof: A south facing roof generally results in maximum sunlight capture. However, you must also consider personal energy usage when considering where to aim your panels. For example, a family that draws the most energy in the afternoon may want to face their panels west to maximize solar energy generation at that time of day. A good solar integrator will always start by examining your energy history to design a system specifically for your family. 


2. Take Advantage of Federal and State Incentives: Federal and state incentives are available to any homeowner who purchases a solar energy system. When you purchase and install a solar electric system on your home, one of the biggest incentives you can receive is through the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), where you can take a tax credit off your personal income tax return for 30% of the solar system cost (with no cap). This can be taken all in one year or over five years. At the state level, in Arizona, there is no sales tax charged, and you can receive a state income tax credit of up to $1,000 for a solar purchase. If you’ve been considering solar, act now before these incentives expire.

3. Consider Your Future Energy Needs: It is important to consider any future changes to your energy needs before installing your solar energy system and planning to buy an electric car. If so, your energy requirements will certainly go up. If you have children moving out, on the other hand, then your energy needs will likely decrease. Our solar experts can help determine your home’s energy needs now and down the road.

4. Solar Panel Impact On Your Roof: Many homeowners worry that solar panels will damage their roofs. However, in many instances, solar panels extend your roof's life. Laying solar panels over your roof shingles can help protect your roof and offer extra shade, which is important when dealing with Arizona’s blistering sun. Learn more about our installation process and how we make sure your solar panels won’t harm your roof.

If you’re interested in learning more about what to consider when adding solar to your home, you can download our free solar whitepaper

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