Solar Panels For Home

Installing solar panels on your roof is one of the best investments you can make–not only can you reduce your heating and cooling costs, but you also increase the value of your home while minimizing your environmental impact and gas emissions. If these things sound appealing to you, visit Yorkshire Roofing website to leave a message or request a quote

What is a solar panel for home?

Solar panels are made of tempered glasses known for their strong and long-lasting properties. This “toughened” glass is designed to convert sunlight into electricity, which you can store or transfer in batteries,  thermal storage, or your public utility’s grid. 


How do solar panels work? 

When the sunlight hits the solar panels on the roof, it creates electrical charges that move and cause electricity. In recent years, this clean and efficient technology is becoming more affordable and cost-effective in sunny regions like the Bay Area. 


Do I need a battery?

You can skip the batteries if you want to lower your installation cost. Generally, a storage device is only ideal if you live in a remote area without a central utility grid. Simply put, the vast majority of homeowners don’t need this “accessory” since they can easily pull power from the grid.


How much does solar panels for home cost?

There are many variables affecting the cost of solar panel installation. But to give you an idea, a recent survey released by EnergySage has revealed that the average cost in California ranges between $11,800 and $16,000, or $2.36-$3.20 on a cost per watt basis. 


How long do solar panels last?

Most solar panels from reputable brands are designed to last between 25 and 30 years. However, it doesn’t mean that they will completely stop working after this period. It only means that after around three decades, they will become less efficient in generating electricity. 


How much can I save with solar panel installation?


Again, there are many variables to consider. However, EnergySage has estimated that, on average, California residents can expect 5.8-7.9 years of payback period, a net savings of up to $54,868 in a 20-year period, and an 87-117% reduction in their energy cost. 


Are solar panels ideal for Bay Area residents?

Solar panels are ideal not just for Bay Area homeowners but also for all California residents because of the sunny weather and the pro-solar policies like the 26% federal tax credit (it drops to 22% in 2023 and ends in 2024) and the net-metering incentives based on their local utility provider’s policy. 


Can anyone install solar panels?

Technically, the answer is yes. But are you going to risk the exterior or stability of your roof? To make sure that your solar panels are correctly installed, your best bet is to work with a licensed professional that offers warranties like Yorkshire Roofing.

To learn more about proper solar panel installation (i.e., without damaging your roof and the panels are south-facing and at an angle that promotes the best sunlight exposure) and special offers from Yorkshire Roofing, visit our website or call us at (800) 794-7444.