Am I a good candidate for solar?

If you’re a homeowner in an area where electricity is regulated by a centralized utility provider, and you have a FICO score of 650 or greater, you could be a solid candidate for solar power. Fill out our easy online form to see if you qualify.

Do I have to own my home to go solar?

The short answer is yes. To move forward with a solar service agreement, it must be signed by someone who has an ownership interest in the home. So, technically, you don’t have to actually own the home yourself as long as the homeowner approves and signs the agreement.

Is my home right for solar?

There are three elements to consider before choosing solar power: tilt, azimuth and shading.

  • Tilt - This is the angle of your roof. While it’s important to understand how the tilt of your roof impacts solar production, keep in mind solar panels are built to accommodate a wide range of tilt.
  • Azimuth - This is a fancy word that basically means the direction your roof is facing. Azimuth pinpoints the necessary degree for optimal solar production. As for the size of your roof, solar panels are grouped into arrays. An array can be anything from one panel to dozens of panels, so the solar system can easily be tailored to your available roof space.
  • Shading - This determines how various objects may affect solar production. Some you can control by relocating trees or trimming shrubs. Some you can’t control, such as telephone poles and mountain ranges.

Your solar provider will perform a site survey that includes these three factors and more. They will also offer customized suggestions on how to maximize solar power at your home.

How does roof surface affect the ability to install solar panels?

All you physically need to go solar is the sun and a roof. Even small roofs typically have enough space for a few solar panels.

But when it comes to what your roof is made of, there are factors to consider.

Some roof surfaces, such as clay tile or shake shingle, are more delicate. This may affect the way panels are attached to your roof in two ways: how the panels are physically secured to the roof, and how or where installers walk on your roof to get the job done.

Sunnova partners with local installation contractors familiar with roof types in your area who will recommend the best options for your roof.