Rebuilding for a Solar-Ready Home
Solar power guarantees a positive return on investment, provides a more reliable electric grid, and will generate clean energy for years to come. This is likely not a first concern when rebuilding after a storm, but it should be addressed from the first stages of building design.
When working with an architect or builder, request that the roof is facing south at an optimal orientation (180 degrees, 30-degree pitch), obstructions like chimneys and vents are placed near one another, and leave maximum contiguous roof space for solar panels. For additional tips, click here to plan for a solar-ready home.
Commercial builders can also plan for solar. When considering roof surface, leaving ample space for panels, and consulting a solar expert in the design phase, building owners will maximize their energy production and monetary savings.
Investing in Backup Power
Superstorm Sandy, in addition to the Northeast blackout of 2003, highlighted the unreliable electric grid in New York. While this is an ongoing issue, SunPower by EmPower Solar is encouraging residents to mitigate their concerns with backup power. Batteries and generators pair harmoniously with solar power systems and provide peace of mind.