The renewable energy trend caught hold a few years ago and continues going strong today. Wind turbines and hydro power provide great sources of renewable energy. But in a desert climate, it makes sense to turn to solar power. After all, we experience over 350 sunny days a year. Why wouldn't you want to harness some of that to power your Tucson household? Unfortunately, not all Tucson homes are good candidates for solar panels. 

Several factors must be considered when determining whether or not your Tucson home is a good fit for solar panels.

Should You Add Solar Panels to Your Tucson Home?

Your Roof

Search Tucson homes for saleFirst, let's start at the top: your roof. Solar panels need an open, unobstructed pathway to charge. Overgrown trees hinder this. Also, an older roof in deteriorating condition will not support the weight of solar panels and could cause further damage. Optimum roof specs include a 40-degree slope on a south-facing roof. If your roof doesn't have the stuff to support solar panels, other options to consider include ground-mounted panels. You might even want to check out the possibility of a community solar garden.

Moving Plans?

How long do you plan on staying in your Tucson home? While solar panels costs experienced a decrease in pricing over the past few years, it still costs some coin to add them to your house. In turn, it takes a little time to absorb that cost. If you plan on staying put for a few years, this makes good sense. If not, you might want to wait until you move to a new home before investing in them.

Electricity Costs

Solar panels help reduce the amount of electricity you use. Therefore, your electrical cost goes down. But, if you don't' spend a whole lot on electricity each month, the expense of installing these panels might not be worth it in terms of cost savings. However, I do know that some people can spend hundreds of dollars per month during the hottest parts of the year simply to operate their air conditioning units. Look at your past statements to determine whether or not solar panels are cost-effective for your household.

If you decide that solar panels are right for you, interview several installers. Obtain a quote and ask for references from each one before you decide which company to hire. Check out the incentives, rebates, and tax deductions available in Arizona at DSIRE's website here. Good luck!

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate