Springtime: The Perfect Time to Install Solar Panels
If you’re planning to install solar panels this year and tap into the full 30% of the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the springtime is the perfect time to do it. Here’s why.
Winter isn’t ideal for solar panel installation
Anyone who’s spent a winter in southeast Wisconsin knows how difficult it is to get anything done in the snow and freezing temperatures. This includes performing a thorough site assessment and then installing solar panels on a roof. In “normal” winter weather, these processes can take longer than usual. Should a fierce blizzard blow in, all work will be halted.
A solar install should be a relatively fast process, taking usually no more than seven days and often just a couple. The work crews like this kind of timeline, and homeowners appreciate a briefer period of having crews and trucks on their property. In the dead of winter, there may be many days or weeks of partial disruption as the solar installers wait for the weather to cooperate.
Summer and fall solar installations aren’t always ideal, either
Summer in Wisconsin is a busy time. Everybody’s doing things, running here, going there, getting projects done. Solar installation crews often experience peak workloads in the summer months, sometimes making it harder for you to schedule an assessment and installation during your ideal time periods.
Moving into fall, homeowners who wish to have solar panels installed are now getting serious so they can accomplish the installation before hard weather sets in. Solar crews may be very busy leading up to Thanksgiving.
Spring is your best season for a solar install
In the springtime, the weather is nice. Scheduling an installation during this season means not having to deal with winter issues, and it means freeing up your summer for vacations and the loads of activities you know you’re going to be involved in.
By having your panels installed in the spring, you get it over and done with and can start enjoying lowered utility bills when the heat of summer rolls around.
Benefits of going solar
Whatever time of year you have solar panels installed, you can look forward to these benefits:
- Significant reduction or elimination of your need to buy electricity from the local grid.
- Your own energy that you (and the sun) create – no more relying on electrical power plants that dump more than 1.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into our air each year.
- Net metering, which allows you to sell to your utility provider excess energy you generate and then buy it back when you need it.
- A home energy system that can pay for itself in as little as 10 years.
- The valuable federal solar ITC, as noted above, plus other state and federal rebates and incentives.
These are just some of the benefits of a residential solar installation in Wisconsin. Like to know more? Contact Burlington Fireplace & Solar in Burlington, WI, at (262) 763-3522, or visit our solar and hearth store at 857 Milwaukee Ave.