Could your sunroom have a special gift for you … if you add solar panels to its roof? Suddenly the name, “sunroom,” takes on extra meaning! There are several benefits to installing solar panels, and the most obvious one is lowering your electricity bill.
Benefits to Installing Solar Panels on Your New Roof
- You can receive a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost of equipment and installation of solar panels.
- Receive the 30% tax credit on the new roof structure too! If you are interested in solar, adding it at the same time as you add a porch, sunroom, or three-season room will get you the largest rebate.
- Solar panels can reduce your home’s energy costs through a system called net-metering. It’s a system of debits and credits based on the difference between how much energy your solar panels collect and the amount of energy your family consumes. Each month, your utility bill will be debited or credited based on your energy usage.
- In the state of Utah, the individual tax credit for a residential solar energy system is 25% of the system costs up to a maximum credit of $2,000 per home. Unused state credit may be carried forward for up to four years.
- Adding solar panels can increase your home’s resale value.
- Solar panels give you a buffer against rising electricity costs.
- Solar panels actually make your house more energy-efficient in the summer. The hot sun is not beating down directly on the roof—it’s being absorbed by the panels. Interesting! Of course, that only pertains to the portion of the roof where the panels have been installed.
- Your solar panels will help combat greenhouse gas emissions, and you will be helping to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuel.
Solar Panels for Porch Roofs, too!
Of course, the use of solar panels on the roof of a sunroom seems so fitting, but the same benefits would apply to any new section of roofing being added to your home. Homeowners would be just as wise to consider solar panels for porch roofs and the roofs of three-season rooms.
Notice we mentioned installing solar panels in conjunction with adding a new roof. If you add solar panels to an older roof, how long will it be before you need to pay someone to remove the solar panels to have the roof replaced? A solar installation may come with a 20 to 25-year warranty.
If you’re considering solar panels at your home, you’ll need to do your research before proceeding, because the up-front costs can be high. Some states have a market for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, allowing homeowners to sell these certificates to their utility company, but Utah does not. Roofs with slate or cedar tiles are not solar-panel friendly, nor are roofs with skylights or a roof deck. And if your electricity costs are already low, your savings may not be significant. Finally, be sure to check your homeowners’ association covenants to see if solar panels are allowed!
Create an outdoor living space that pulls double duty with solar panels on your porch or sunroom roof! Call now to begin a design consultation for your new Salt Lake porch, sunroom or three-season room. 801.683.2355