Going solar from the ground up

There’s no doubt that purchasing a home tops the list of exhilarating experiences – from exploring for that perfect neighborhood to settling in and figuring out where to place treasured objects. But even more thrilling is building a home.

If you are thinking about switching to solar energy, incorporating that plan into a home you are building present the ideal opportunity to design and install a solar panel system that will meet your electrical energy needs for years to come. When you are choosing a builder, select a company that will work with you to incorporate solar into your new home.

No matter whether you are building a new home from the ground up, purchasing an existing home or upgrading your current home by installing solar panels, the first step will always be a solar site analysis. In the case of new construction, a site analysis can identify the perfect location for your home. This early planning allows you to incorporate energy saving design elements that can reduce consumption and lower energy costs even further.

One of the most important considerations is how much sunlight will fall on the proposed home site. The location of trees, the size of your property, the design of your roof and geographic features of the site will be evaluated as you work with your builder to maximize the amount of sunlight available for energy production.

During this process, your solar company will obtain the permits – typically building and electrical – that are required for your project. If your new home is in a community with a homeowner’s association, find out their requirements. Plans for your solar energy system may need to be submitted for their approval. As solar becomes more common, the permitting process is becoming easier to navigate.

Incorporating solar energy into your new home construction allows you to have the maximum amount of control over your energy bills. When you design and build your home to maximize your solar energy output and minimize your energy use, you have created the best of all possible worlds. Instead of the uncertainty about your energy costs, you will own and operate your own clean, renewable energy supply for the life of your home.

In Austin and the surrounding area, GoProSolar is the only solar company with years of experience in new home construction. If you are planning to build an energy efficient, solar powered home, you’ll want to schedule a consultation today. You’ll get the guidance you need to make your dream of a new, solar powered home a reality.