When is the Best Time to Install Solar Panels?
With summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, home improvement and construction season encourage many people to think about upgrades and improvements to their property.
But is this the best time of year to go solar? Summer offers both benefits and drawbacks for solar panel array construction.
On the positive side, long days and drier weather make it easier to schedule solar contractors at your home. If you are considering a DIY solar project, its always more beneficial to get up on the rooftop when the rains or other inclement weather make it dangerous to do so. And, professional solar installers will have more time and availability in their schedule over summer months. Some even work extended hours from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The downside of installing solar panels during summer is that high temperatures can actually reduce efficiency. It may be difficult to assess the efficiency of a solar array or even determine how much money it could save you in electricity bills until the weather cools in the fall. In addition, as noted above, many people choose to undertake home improvement projects this time of year, which can make it difficult to schedule contractors that are available.
Perhaps the most determinative factor in considering the best time to install solar panels is the timing of renewable energy rebates and other incentives. Over the past few years, the cost of solar cells has gone down, while governmental incentives have been quite generous.
We may be starting to see the beginning of the end, however. Many experts are advising that the public funds are, or will be, running out. That means that the best time to install solar panels is probably in the next 6-10 months.
Thinking about going solar? Now may be the best time!