How to Go Solar

What should I do about snow on my solar panels?

The majority of home roofs in North America are made from asphalt shingles. The shingles have a rough texture and give your roof friction that snow can “grip” – this prevents large amounts of snow from falling off your roof at one time… Continue reading 

Do my solar panels need regular maintenance or inspections?

Solar panels are extremely durable and built to withstand the elements. While solar panels don’t typically need regular maintenance, it’s always good to keep an eye out… Continue reading 

Should I replace or repair my roof before going solar?

There are three main factors to consider -- age, condition and cost. Age: If your roof is less than 12 to 15 years old, it’s probably fine. Condition: Check for red flags, both inside and out. Signs of water damage (leaks or stains) on your ceiling Outside… Continue reading 

How do you determine how many solar panels I need?

There’s some science behind this question, including roof architecture, angle and tilt, geographical location, shading factors, energy goals, and the average amount of sunlight you receive each day. But you don’t have to worry about it. We’ll do all the… Continue reading 

How long does it take to get solar panels on my roof?

There is no single answer to this question. The length of time required for each step in the process will vary depending on several factors, many of them beyond the control of Sunnova and its contractors. Such factors may include obtaining any necessary permits,… Continue reading 

Who installs the solar panels on my roof?

Most solar systems are designed to last at least 20 years. Correct installation is where it begins, so it’s important to make sure your contractor gets it right. Working with local contractors is a great place to start because they are familiar with your… Continue reading 

Will solar panels damage my roof or cause leaks?

A racking system mounts the panels, and any gaps resulting from installation are sealed. Coverings, such as flashing, may be required. If so, you’ll instantly have additional barriers to protect your roof from the elements. The integrity of your roof will… Continue reading 

Do I have to clean the solar panels?

Typically, you won’t need to clean your solar panels - rain does a great job of cleaning your solar panels for you! However, in times of heavy dust or other regional weather issues, you may have to rinse your solar panels to clear the dust and debris… Continue reading 

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