Here are some factors that affect how solar-friendly your roof is:
Does your roof face south?
In North America, south-facing roofs get the most direct sunlight. If the front of your house faces south and you don’t want panels visible from the street, you may be out of luck =(
Does your roof have a lot of space?
If you have peaks and valleys and gables all over your roof, space for putting large, flat solar arrays may be pretty limited. And if there are drain vents, chimneys, and AC compressors all over the place, we might have to get creative. Simple, wide open roofs are much easier to work with.
What is your roof made of?
The solar industry is a pretty innovative group, and we’ve managed to troubleshoot most situations. But if you have a tile or slate roof, it’s a little tougher to work with than composite shingles or metal. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but it makes the installation a little tricky.
There are factors besides your roof that affect how well solar will work for you. Luckily, we’ve built an awesome tool to give you an idea of how much energy your roof could generate.