The Best Kind of Roof for Solar

Here is the second of three batches of questions we commonly field from consumers interested in purchasing a solar power system.

Can my property taxes increase if I buy a solar power system?

Not at all. Your property will increase in value – and potentially significantly so – but legislation prohibits governmental entities from increasing your taxes. Specifically in California, Section 73 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code gives owners of home solar power systems a tax exclusion.

Can my neighborhood’s homeowners association keep me from having a solar power system on my home?

Absolutely not. In California, thanks to the California Solar Rights Act, neither HOAs nor any other organization or governmental entity can keep you from installing a solar power system on your home. They can, however, ask you to alter the design of the system, or the location of the system, for aesthetic reasons. These changes, however, cannot cost more than $2,000 and cannot decrease the electricity production more than 10 percent.

How much space on my roof would I need for a home solar power system to work?

Generally, a home solar power system needs about 100 square feet of space for every kilowatt produced. The average system needs between 300 and 600 square feet. There is also the possibility that a ground-mounted system will work for you.

Can a solar power system put too much weight on my roof?

Normally, a home solar power system will add less than four pounds per square foot. PocoSolar will make sure that your system does not cause any damage to your roof.

What kind of roof is the best kind for a home solar power system?

The optimum kind of roof for a home solar panel system installation is made of composite material, is not too steep, and provides unobstructed space for the panels. The roof should also provide easy access to those panels for maintenance or repair. However, solar panel systems will work on almost any type of roof, including cement tile, tar & gravel, metal, wood and several others. If you have a more challenging type of roof, such as one made of cement or barrel tile, or a particularly steep roof, then it may cost you a bit more to have a system installed.

Original Article on POCO Solar Energy Blog


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