If you’re one of the countless Americans contemplating the benefits of harnessing clean energy to power your home, you’ve come to the right place. Solar power energy is cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and newer technologies have made it increasingly accessible for the average homeowner. But it can be difficult to navigate the many questions most homeowners have: Which kind of solar power should I choose? How much energy can I produce? How much can I save on electric bills? Who do I trust?

At Integrated Building Systems in Milwaukee, we want to steer you in the right direction. Here we will discuss the top considerations for residential solar power installation and answer some of the most common questions along the way. 

Common Solar Power Systems for Homes

When it comes to residential solar power installation, there are several options to consider:

Rooftop Solar Panels: These are the most common and cost-effective solutions. Installed directly on your roof, they’re a great choice for homeowners with suitable roof conditions, limited yard space, and a desire for an integrated, aesthetically pleasing solar solution. But your roof condition is crucial – if it requires repairs or replacement soon, solar panel installation might be more complicated and costly. Maintenance and cleaning also may be challenging due to the height and angle of the panels.

Ground-Mounted Systems: If your roof isn’t suitable for solar panels due to shading or structural issues, ground-mounted systems are a viable alternative. They are installed on the ground in an open area on your property, can be adjusted for optimal sun exposure, potentially increasing energy production, and are easier to access for maintenance and cleaning. But may be less visually appealing compared to rooftop panels and often cost more than rooftop panels.

Solar Energy Storage: Pairing your solar panel system with energy storage solutions like batteries allows you to store excess energy generated during the day for use at night or during power outages. It is particularly beneficial in areas with unreliable grid power. But they come with an additional upfront cost and have limited storage capacity, so their effectiveness depends on the size of the system and your energy needs.

Electricity Production and Payback Period for Solar Power Systems 

One of the most pressing questions for homeowners is how much electricity these systems can produce and how long it takes to recoup their investment. On average, a residential solar power system can generate approximately 9,000 to 12,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. Homeowners can expect a payback period ranging from 6 to 20 years. 

However, these estimates can vary significantly depending on several factors. They include the upfront cost of purchasing and installing your solar energy system, the availability of government incentives like tax credits and rebates, your system’s energy-production capacity and its exposure to sunlight, as well as your family’s energy consumption habits and local electricity rates.

By carefully considering these factors and leveraging available incentives, homeowners can make a wise investment in solar panels that ultimately pay off both financially and environmentally.

Professional Solar Power Installation for Homes

When it comes to the installation process, trusting skilled professionals is essential. At Integrated Building Systems, our certified electricians have the expertise and experience to handle the complexities of residential solar power installation. 

No matter who you choose to install your system, here’s what you should expect from a credible provider:

An Initial Assessment of your home’s energy needs, your roof’s suitability for solar panels, and your budget to determine the best system size and configuration for your needs.

Permitting and Paperwork to ensure your solar energy system complies with local regulations.

Installation of the solar panels, inverters, and other necessary equipment, ensuring everything is connected correctly and safely.

Monitoring and Maintenance to keep an eye on your system’s performance and provide maintenance when needed to keep it running smoothly.

Ready to Take the Next Step With Solar Power Installation?

Incorporating solar power into your home is a smart choice for reducing energy bills, embracing clean energy, and securing long-term savings. Trust Integrated Building Systems of Wisconsin for your residential solar power installation needs. Our certified electricians are committed to ensuring your solar energy system is installed safely and efficiently. Power your home with solar, and take the first step toward a more sustainable and cost-effective future. 

Contact Integrated Building Systems of Wisconsin today for a consultation on your residential solar power installation project. We’re here to answer your questions and help you harness the power of the sun for your home. Say goodbye to high electricity bills and hello to a brighter, greener future!