While more people across the United States are continuing to realize the benefits of solar energy solutions, we understand that having panels installed on your roof is still a big decision that requires a great deal of consideration.

In a recent article, New York media outlet the Buffalo News highlights what you should keep in mind when shopping around for solar panels:

Degradation rates and warranties – Over the years, panels will begin to produce less power, but the exact amount depends on each specific product. With this in mind, you’ll want to learn about the rate of degradation and the length of warranties for different panels to determine which option is best for you.

Efficiency and output – It’s important to know how much energy you’re actually using before you have solar panels installed. “Our big mistake early on was not understanding our usage,” property owner Brian Friss, who resides in San Jose, California, told the source. He noted that by making small changes at home, such as turning off the lights and unplugging devices when they are finished charging, he will likely be able to purchase a less expensive solar energy system.

Payment options – In most cases, consumers can decide whether to buy their systems – which requires more money upfront – or enter a contract with the installer to pay for power generated by the panels over time.

If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy solutions, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a company like West Coast Solar whose knowledgeable staff can take you step by step through a fully integrated construction process. We have an extensive background in the roofing industry and will take care of the entire installation to guarantee that you’re getting the best quality products and services. We’re also happy to answer any additional questions you have that may help inform this important decision.