Going Green Is Easier Than You Think
How to Go Solar in Houston
There are several things to think about if you are interested in going solar:
Is your home already energy efficient? Energy efficiency measures are typically low cost, and an energy efficient home may need less solar. It usually makes the most sense to put solar on a home that is already energy efficient.
Do you have unshaded space that generally faces south? t is very important that your array is properly mounted to maximize output. Shade free panels will produce the most electricity. Partial shading of a panel will significantly reduce that panel’s output.
Are you interested in owning or leasing your system?
Although not required, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certification is recommended. A professional should be able to talk to you about sizing your system, the permitting process, the process of connecting to the electrical grid, working with homeowner’s associations, working with historical homes, and financing options, and more. For more information, see the links below:
Find a NABCEP-certified professional
Estimate PV system production using National Renewable Energy Laboratory's calculator
Residential Permitting and Inspection Process
Information on working with Home Owner’s Associations in Texas: Houston | San Antonio