Going Solar

Considering going Solar? Check out the resources below!

 

Solar energy is a great way to power your home while reducing your carbon footprint. Solar panels utilize the largest energy source available and emit zero greenhouse gases. Now, New York State is making Solar energy more affordable and easier to obtain.

Here’s How Solar Panels Work

Solar Panels convert solar energy into electricity that can be used to power your home.

There are three types of Photovoltaic (PV) panels, each varying in efficiency and price:

  • Monocrystalline
  • Multicrystalline
  • Thin Film

You can read in more detail about the different types of PV cells available for your home. Click here.

 

How to Pay for Solar Panels

There are several ways to finance a solar panel system for your home. The most common methods are through loans, leases, or power purchase agreements (PPA).

Click here to learn more about how you can pay for solar installations:

homeowner’s guide [PDF]

Finding a Contractor
  • Prior to contacting a contractor, it is best to assess the condition of your roof. If your roof is old, damaged, or has more than two layers of shingles, it may need repair prior to the installation. 
  • Panels can be installed on the roof or on the ground. Rooftop installation is most common for residential solar power because the panels won’t take up additional space and help protect the roof.
  • When it comes to finding a contractor, it is important to understand how to find a reputable solar contractor. Click here to learn more about what questions you should ask.
  • You do not need to schedule a meeting with the contractor. Receiving a price estimate can be done over the phone using online mapping databases.
  •  Click here to see a list of NYSERDA quality solar contractors

 

More Information

Visit Our Complete Guide to Solar Power in New York (price estimations) or NY-Sun