What is the Process of Solar System Design & How Do You Produce Estimates?

Solar System Design

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When you start researching making the move to solar power, homeowners frequently wonder what goes into the solar system design process, as well as what it takes to produce the cost estimates. While the cost of the equipment can frequently be quickly estimated once some basic math has been done concerning the roof area and panel output, designing the system itself is often much more complicated. This complexity is why it’s crucial to work with local solar experts who will ensure your system is designed properly.

The First Step In Solar System Design

Before you even start thinking about picking out system components and having your solar partner begin your personalized solar system design, you want to be sure you’re making a wise investment. To that effect, your solar professional will want to examine your energy usage and cost over the last 12 months or so, because if you won’t be saving any money there will be little incentive to switch. In most cases, this can be done in a quick, 15-minute “discovery call”, that can help give you an idea of how solar power can change your energy costs.

Roof Area & Pitch Are Factored In

Every roof is going to be a little different, and those differences are what will make your system unique to your home. Not only will the total available area of the roof be taken into account, but the roof pitch angles will be examined as well, to help ensure the panels will be able to capture the ideal amount of sun. Most importantly the direction that your major roofing surfaces face will be checked since south-facing roofs will have the greatest potential for power generation, but for homes without significant southern exposure, east and west-facing roofs can be used to bridge the gap.

Barrett Solar Uses State-Of-The-Art Solar System Design

Using a special software called Aurora, your partners at Barrett Solar will be able to quickly build a solar system that will meet your needs. Using the data they gather during an in-person estimate related to your available roofing surface, exposure, and pitch, they will use this software to determine the optimal number of panels as well as where to mount them to gain the most power production and efficiency.

Shade Analysis Helps Estimate Total Sun Hours

The state-of-the-art Aurora software that Barrett Solar utilizes is also crucial in predicting the potential shading of the panels throughout the day, as well as through the progression of the seasons. This shade analysis is an essential part of creating the overall solar system design since even small amounts of shade can reduce the optimal power generation by noticeable amounts.

Solar professionals can not only create sunlight simulations using the real-world dimensions of things like nearby trees, but they can even take into account the shade from smaller objects and obstacles that may cast shadows on your panels, such as a chimney or roof vent. This extra bit of care ensures that you get all the panels and generation potential you’ll need, without additional cost you don’t.

Trust The Experts At Barrett To Easily Meet Your Solar Needs

Once all of the measurements and calculations are finished, and the final analyses complete, your solar system will be ready to enter the final stage of estimation. Being able to trust your solar professional to accurately and fairly create the estimate for your system can be the final deciding factor in choosing to proceed, and with Barrett Solar, you have a local expert with a history of well-performing installations. Contact us today for your free estimate on custom solar system design.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels. You can let the rain or snow take care of that for you. If something does happen, you will have manufacturer warranties on all equipment installed by Barrett Solar.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Kansas the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. If you are a business in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Missouri the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. Evergy in Missouri, Columbia power and Ameren have notable rebates available. If you are a business owner in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Barrett Solar offers two options to finance your solar panel system. You can purchase your system in cash or take advantage of our zero down, low APR financing options. We have a lot of different options to choose from. 

Generally it takes very large hail or a major storm to damage your solar panel system. After you go solar you will want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy has enough coverage to replace any of your panels that may be damaged in a heavy storm.

The cost of a solar panel system will depend on many factors, including the size of the system, the equipment, and the financing method. A solar panel system should be viewed as a major home upgrade, and because every home is different it is never good to base an idea of what something should cost off a ballpark figure found on the internet. Barrett Solar offers completely free no obligation solar proposals, and in most cases we can give you an accurate quote with just your historical energy usage data.

Tyler Blanchard

Founder & CEO

Tyler is the CEO of Barrett Solar.

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