Solar Power Buyer’s Guide to Roof-Top Home Solar Systems In New York City and The 5 Boroughs, and Long Island- PART 1

Introduction:

So you are looking to buy a solar Power system for your home in Long Island, New York City and The 5 Boroughs, or New York State. Congratulations! You are either ready to buy your system today, looking for the right price, or you are looking for information and guidance. This multi-part solar buying guide will be published to illuminate the entire process of what a prospective solar customer should know when looking to purchase a residential solar power system in New York City and The 5 Boroughs and Long Island. Fair Warning – some of the information within this guide may already be known to you so feel free to skip around to take what you need from it.

Background:

ABest Energy Power takes pride in performing on the highest level of sophistication to a wide range of solar energy clients while maintaining industry leading pricing and therefore, value. As an established organization with a 40 year history, we have solidified our position in the New York/Long Island/New Jersey commercial/residential market as the total package for our energy efficiency clients. Our team of electrical engineers, architects, administrative staff, and field technicians will consistantly deliver a finished product from conception to completion. Not only are we solar contractors but we are also Energy Auditors, Master Electricians, Wind Installers, LED Lighting Specialists, and more.

If You have any questions during the reading of this article, please contact us Toll Free (855) 411-4SUN at our New York Metro Office.

Evaluating Roof-Top Home Solar For Your Home or Business

Is it Physically Possible?

The first thing you need to do before getting pricing, product research, or calling a professional is to determine whether solar is physically possible for your home. There are a number of methods to installing solar on a home but if your house fails the physical requirements, you will not be a candidate for solar. In New York and Long Island, and world-wide, the majority of solar panels are installed on roofs which are either pitched or flat. The primary considerations to be discussed with regard to the physical possibility of going solar for your home is the Directional Orientation of you the roof exposure and its associated architectural characteristiscs.

Solar Panels need to be installed facing South, South East, South West, East, or West. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west so why cant we put panels on the northern exposure of our roof? The reason is because the sun travels along the southern lattitude from east to west. which is why perfect south (180 degrees) is ideal. If your house is facing 180 South, you will recieve the most exposure as the sun travels from East to West. If your system faces perfect West(270 Degreees) or perfect East (90 Degrees), you are still very much a candidate for a successful solar energy system. Your production may be 2-5% less than a house facing perfect South.

How Do I Determine the Orientation of My Home

The simplest way to determine the orientation of your house is to use either a traditional compass or an iPhone/Android compass App. Go to Each side of your home to find the various exposures of the house with a note pad writing down each side of your house and which direction it faces.

An additional way to find the orientation is through google search of your home in either google earth or google search.If you dont have Google Earth installed, please find the link to install it HERE–>http://google.com/earth. Follow the prompts to install the software and then run it. Once on the main screen, Please see a basic step by step guide to evaluating whether your roof or ground area has a viable orientation for solar panels HERE–>Find Your Home on Google Earth

If you find the approach laid out above for finding your home on google earth difficult, there is a more detailed approach HERE–> http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Your-House-on-Google-Earth

If you prefer to use google search to find your home, simply go to Google.com/maps. Then click on the square-shaped satellite icon which will display satellite imagery rather than traditional road maps. Once in satellite mode, type in your home address and type in your full address and click search or press enter. Use the Zoom (+) icons on the screen to locate your house.

How Do I Determine if the Architecture of My Home is Good For Solar?

If you do have one of the mentioned orientations, (S, SW, SE, E, W), now you need to identify if the roof is ideal for solar with respect to usable space. Since solar panels are rectangular, then the roof must have enough available space to fit these rectangular shapes. Usually dormers and other angular architecture such as corners or domes get in the way. By evaluating your roof or ground mount this way, you will determine the difference between total square footage vs. usable square footage.

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Please see an example of a house that has a lot of space on the roof but due to the shapes and architectural obstructions, is not a good physical match for going solar. In not only is there a tree looming over the southern side of the home, but there is also a tremendous amount of angular architecture as well as rounded dome like structures (witch’s hats) getting in the way of placing enough rectangular shaped solar panels on the roof. Even if the customer was willing to trim or cut down the tree, the roof does not allow for a viable opportunity for the customer to go solar.

 

 

 

 

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GOOD ROOF FOR SOLAR

 

 

Here, you can see what a good candidate for solar looks like on a pitched roof. As indicated by the arrow on the top right corner, the orientation is showing South West which is good for solar. In addition, there are no major architectural difficulties preventing solar panels from being uniformally placed on the roof. Finally, there is a minimal amount of roof obstructions(tree shading, roof vents, fans, and chimney’s). If you have some of these obstructions, it does not necessarily exclude you from going solar. However, as indicated above in the house which was a bad candidate for solar, the obstructions need to be excessive whereby solar is not feasible at all. You can also call ABest Energy Power to assist you in making the determination by calling us at our Toll Free Number at (855) 411-4SUN.

 

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Great Flat Roofs For Solar

These are examples of flat roofs which would all be good candidates for solar since they are facing south with minimal obstructions. There is a big tree in the back of these homes. However, it is on the Northern side and will not create shading issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have made it to this point and have concuded that you are a candidate for a roof top solar energy system, then you are an official candidate for solar. The next step in the proces will be:

  • The financial aspects of going solar
  • Choosing the Right Equipment
  • Choosing the Right Contractor

We hope the information presented in the first part of this series was helpful. If you would like to speak to an ABest Energy Power representative at this point, please call us at (855) 411-4SUN. If you are still in the research and reading phases of your process, then feel free to check back for Part 2 of this series

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Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages

Article by Manidip Bandyopadhyay

Solar power advantages and disadvantages are numerous but we can not but admit in the very time that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. In this post I shall try my best to throw light on the issue and offer you some ideas regarding the advantages and disadvantages of solar power. If we brood over the matter we can find out that the solar energy is the most talked about issue of the present moment. Governments all over our beautiful planet are leaving no stone unturned to find out the residual advantages of the solar energy without paying any heed to the disadvantages that are very few.

What is solarpower?

Solar energy is nothing but taking the help of the sun to absorb his power and transform it into certain energy. Since the creation of this universe the sun is ready to warm and nurture the Mother Nature with the aid of this energy. This natural source of energy can be easily transferred into electricity. Heat is generated too with the help of solar energy.

Advantages of solar-power

It can be accepted by all means that solar power is natural, simple and renewable. If we use solar energy we are sure to help Mother Nature to live a happy life. The system of solar power is abosolutely harmless and emits no gas. Hence it is sure to assure nature long span of life. Where there is sunlight there is solar power. You can easily take the devices to make solar power anywhere on the earth. As solar power is made in an absolutely natural way there is no chance to use fuels. The ray of the sun is enough to produce solar power.

If you calculate your monthly electricity charges you can find out easily that you are gradually paying enough money each month. The consumption is too high. There is drainage too in your purse. If you install solar power system at home you are sure to note that the drainage is no where. Rather you now taste the flavor of saving bucks. Your worry to pay the electricity charges has vanished. You are now the owner of a power generating system that is absolutely your own.

There is a misconception that solar power panels take large spaces. It is absolutely a wrong notion. The things that are necessary for power generating are batteries, solar panels, an inverter and the power controller. The maintenance cost is not worthy of mention. Recent studies have proved that to generate 1 KW of electricity the system costs not more than a few cents.

More Solar power advantages

Solar power can generate enough electricity without doing harm to the environment. Again there is no possibility of its running out very soon. In the photovoltaic cell of a solar power generator there is enough silicon. This silicon, equivalent to 1 ton of sand, can easily generate the same power that 1000 tons of coals generate. You are sure to be awe struck I suppose.

In many places where people are aware of using the solar energy there is no headache to pay the monthly electricity charges. Some enthusiasts have made the solar generators themselves following the detailed outlines on the internet. In this way they can dodge easily the cost of set ups.

Solar power disadvantages

It is absolutely true that in some homes where there is actually no space at all it is very hard to install the solar power system. Actually the more area you can provide the more solar energy you are going to have. If you try to install ready made solar energy generating systems you have to pay much. You can make it yourself and can taste the benefit.

The cells that the solar panels contain may be damaged as an effect of pollution. Again in the cloudy days you can not dream of generating solar power. If your home does not enjoy the warmth of the sun all day out you can not dream of using solar power. For you the traditional power is applicable.

Solar power information

In 24 hours the sun can cater 9*10^24KW amount of energy. If you go for details you are sure to be awed that the emission of energy is 66 billion times of the total energy consumption of the earth. Energy is radiated from different sources such as UV, X-rays and lights of different types and of course from radio waves. The maximum amount of the solar energy does not reach the earth’s surface. It is absorbed in the atmosphere; negligible amount of sun rays touches the earth. The amount is not enough to meet the need of the total population of the earth.

Solar energy is essential for the survival of every living being on earth. Plants use solar power to make photosynthesis and thus they live. Animals, on the other hands, consume the plants and thrive on the earth. If sun did not glare, we the human beings, become an extinct species.

Benefits of solar power

Actually solar power is used to generate heat. You can use the solar energy to heat water, home, cooking and ventilation. If you can harness solar energy effectively you can make steam to drive engines to create electricity too.

Disadvantages of solar energy

• The installation cost is more.

• Large areas are actually needed to install solar panels.

• Location of the sun is significant.

• Clouds hamper the generating process.

• At night no solar energy is produced.

• The vehicles run by solar energy are of very low speed. Hence they can not appeal the users.

Concluding lines

So far you came across in depth analysis of the solar power and its generating process. To conclude I can not but add a few lines to make you aware that as the energy prices are rising high and there is absolute threat of the damage of the environment due to the use of fossil fuels we have no other way than to opt for an alternative energy. Recently private industries along with some public sectors too have come forward to carry on research on the possibility of using solar energy as the mainstream power source. There is possibility that we may wait for the Halcyon days to come in the near future. Hence why not wait for some more days to come?

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