What are good weather conditions for solar panels?
The absolutely best conditions for solar panels are clear, sunny days. While some weather and clouds are okay, every cloud in the sky at any given time is taking away from the maximum potential of your solar panel.
Did you know: On cloudy days, you actually only receive up to 1/3rd the power you do on sunny, clear days? This makes having regular clear weather is a must for maximum efficiency for solar panels.
While most of the country has to wait all year for a couple of months of optimal weather for solar panels, here in southern California we have almost 300 days of sunshine a year in many cities. This makes California an ideal place to take advantage of solar panels
What regulations are good for solar panels?
Given the right weather conditions, solar panels are going to be economical regardless of whether or not state and local governments incentivize them. Still, for the communities that are incentivized, it is a meaningful boost to the economics of the installation.
It’s good for the communities, too. Incentives are a great way to encourage investments into homes. It is also good for the environment and encourages energy independence! All of this equals a more eco-friendly, self-sustaining, and valuable community!
California has particularly robust incentives for homeowners to make the investment in solar panels. Some of these incentives include:
If you live in a community where electricity costs are skyrocketing, you are in prime position to take advantage of solar panels. While electricity costs are going up across the nation (and world), this is particularly true in certain parts of our country, such as California.
In fact, energy costs are expected to rise almost 80% in the coming years. While you do have to pay for your panels, sunlight will continue to be free forever!
California also recently passed a law that will increase the cost of energy for most homeowners. This law, going into effect in 2019, will charge ratepayers different rates depending on the time of the day energy is consumed. For most homeowners, this means they’ll pay more, since they use most of their energy during the day (as most people do).
Since homeowners who have installed solar panels do not get their power from the power companies, they won’t have to go through this increase in costs.