Want to know if your home is good for solar?
Not all homes are considered good candidates for a solar installation. A few simple guidelines to will help identify your home solar viability.
South facing orientation
- For solar installations in the northern hemisphere, the consistent rule-of-thumb is: The more south facing the surface, the more energy the system will produce. Ideally, one would want to install the solar system on a surface within 40 degrees of directly South (180 degrees) to ensure optimal production from the solar system. Systems on flat roofs or mounted on the ground will be tilted to provide a south-facing exposure.
- Minimal shading
Consider the amount of shading from nearby obstructions which may impact your system. If you live in the suburbs, think shading from trees. If you live in the city, look for adjacent taller buildings that may shade the system. Think about anything that might impact the access of the sun on your roof. Would you consider removing an obstruction if it meant the difference between having solar or not?
- Minimal Obstruction and Surface area
How much usable roof space do you have? Is your roof angular or does it have a lot of dormers? The more clear space the better, but we can work around your vent pipes, chimneys, and skylights.
YSG Solar and it's Community Shared Solar program are expanding the potential customer base to 100% of homes and businesses. Currently 49% of households are currently unable to host a YSG PV system when excluding households that
- do not own their building (i.e., renters),
- do not have access to sufficient roof space (e.g., high-rise buildings, multi-unit housing), and/or
- live in buildings with insufficient roof space to host a YSGPV system.
It is also estimated that 48% of businesses are unable to host a PV system when excluding businesses that
- operate in buildings with too many establishments to have access to sufficient roof space (e.g., malls), and/or
- have insufficient roof space to host a YSG PV system capable of supplying a sufficient amount of their energy demand.