Think that rooftop solar panels are your only alternative for home solar installations? Think again!
For some people, the design of their roof is not appropriate for solar panels. Other homeowners may face shading from surrounding trees, or a poor roof angle to capture sunlight. Some residents are choosing home solar panel options to allow them to reduce their reliance on grid-based electricity, while still preserving the integrity of their roof.
For example, in Tacoma, Washington, one couple installed a $25,000 solar panel system, consisting of 12 panels, on the top of a Pergola in their yard. The system will reduce their utility bill by 50%. The couple estimates that the system will pay for itself within 10 years, particularly considering the net-metering option allowed by the local utility.
Another Washington state family realized that a non-south-facing roof posed challenges to a rooftop solar panel installation. So, they built their own structure to hold six solar panels that track the movement of the sun across the sky to maximize energy generation. For the relatively low cost of $15,000, the family is trimming their utility bill and realizing energy independence.
Home solar panel options will continue to increase as residents look for ways to install solar and save money. Rooftops are just the start! Look for more free-standing structures holding solar panels to be built in back or side-yards. Solar panels can also be installed on garages, sheds, playhouses and more.
Have you seen creative home solar panel structures in your hometown?