Solar Power for Your Colorado Home or Business
Colorado sees its fair share of sunny days, so it’s a great place to take advantage of the renewable energy source that solar power, generated on your roof, can offer for your home or commercial building. If you’re wondering how you can best “Go Green,” as a majority of residents here in Colorado are, having solar roof panels are a clean, efficient and sustainable form of energy.
There are 2 main types of solar panels that are suitable for home use:
- Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) – Generates electricity from sunlight
- Solar Thermal – Uses sun’s energy to heat water for your home
Both types of solar roof panels are affordable and qualify for government funding in regards to installation and maintenance.
Keep in mind that solar roof panels cannot be installed on just any home, so consider the following points to make sure this is the right option for your home:
- TYPE OF ROOF – South-facing roofs will catch the most sunshine and generate the most power, as well as east-west facing roofs. A north-facing roof is unlikely to catch enough sunlight to make your investment worthwhile. Skylights and roof lights can also be factors; if they take up too much space, there isn’t enough room for enough panels to be installed to make an impact.
- CONSERVATION AREAS AND LISTED PROPERTIES – Planning permission is not usually required to fit solar panels, but this can change in the case of listed buildings and homes in conservation areas such as national parks. Check with your local planning authorities or with a local solar surveyor for more information on planning requirements in your area.
- FLATS AND APARTMENTS – Solar panels can be installed on apartment buildings or houses which have been converted into flats, with the permission of all the owners of the roof. In some shared properties the owners of all the apartments will have partial ownership of the roof, whereas in others the owner of the top floor flat may have full ownership of the roof. Check the deeds of your property to see which of these is the case, and if the roof is shared you will need to share the installation costs and grant money with your neighbors.
- RENTED PROPERTIES – This will depend on permission from the landlord of the property. Of course the tenants will get a reduction on the bills, but the government grants and payments will go to the property owner.