10 Things You Need To Know Before Installing Solar Panels On Your Home – SlashGear

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In 2018, California’s Energy Commission mandated that starting in 2020, all new houses and condos would be built with solar panels. That’s fine for upcoming buildings, but what about homeowners in preexisting houses who want to install solar power? Then it’s a case-by-case situation, and the same is true everywhere.

Depending on where you live, you might require a permit before you can install solar panels. For instance, homeowners in New York City and across California’s San Bernardino County need solar panel permits, but most people in New Jersey can add solar mirrors to their houses without one – so long as installations meet local building codes and zoning regulations. However, this lax law doesn’t apply to people in historic districts and conservation areas. Regardless of where you live, if you rent a house or apartment, you also need to seek permission from a landlord to install solar panels. Failing these criteria, you can always buy portable solar panels.

Even if you can obtain a solar panel permit, you still need to consider insurance costs and taxes. Many home insurance contracts cover solar panels, but sometimes you have to purchase a separate policy. And if you do, make sure it covers wind and hail damage, as they are the bane of all solar panels. Moreover, depending on where you live, you might be entitled to solar property tax exemptions, solar sales tax exemptions, or both. Or neither, as is the case in states such as Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania.

Always double-check the math involved. Even if you have to pay extra after installing solar panels, you might be able to afford them — and have some money left over — with all the money you save on electricity.

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