Preparing Your New Home for Solar Panels in South Carolina
How to Make Your New Home Solar-Ready
If you are currently building or thinking about building a new home, you
have probably thought about the possibilities of solar energy. This is
a smart move. Current state and federal tax incentives are among the strongest
in the country and a solar power system can make your new home more affordable to own.
We recommend taking the following into consideration as you prepare your home:
- Design and plan the roof of your home as if you were installing solar from
the beginning. If possible, choose a design that will give you enough
room for your desired system size.
- Keep obstructions like chimneys, vent pipes, and ventilation fans on north
facing roof areas, or focus them on the upper perimeter of your south,
east, and west roof planes. If they are currently in the areas of your
roof that are optimal for solar, speak to your architect contractor about
- Anticipate shading from surrounding buildings and trees. Solar doesn’t
perform well in the shade so it is important to locate your solar equipment
out of shaded areas.
Plan to have about 48” of unobstructed wall space next to your utility
meter area for the inverter and disconnect mounting. Visit our
portfolio to see examples.
- Install conduit and wiring from an accessible attic location to near your
electric meter or the location you plan to mount your inverter and other
- Leave extra space for a 2-pole circuit breaker in your outdoor power panel
where the system will feed power into your home system. The open space
should be at the opposite end of your main circuit breaker.
- If you do not plan to have circuit breakers outside you will need to install
an appropriately sized 3-conductor cable leading from the metering and
disconnect location to the indoor circuit breaker panel.
If you are ready for your home to go solar, our South Carolina solar panel and installation company can help. Call (803) 626-0552 for a
free estimate today.