Building Solar Ready
Early planning and incorporating solar-ready concepts at the beginning of your new build design can have a big impact when it comes to long-term savings and system performance. In some places like New York City, this is a requirement for new construction. Continue reading to learn some key considerations that are required for a home to be considered solar-ready.
What Is a Solar Ready Home or Commercial Building?
A solar-ready home or commercial building is when a home or commercial site is built with the intention of eventually installing a solar energy system. This means that specific characteristics of the home or commercial building are built, added, or avoided to facilitate the future installation of solar panels that will provide optimum solar energy.
Solar Ready Homes
When working with an architect or builder, request that your home is designed to be solar ready so that your system can be installed optimally, blending in well with your home’s aesthetics while providing significant savings on your electric bill.
Here are a few key solar solution design principles:
- Ensure that the main roof is facing south at an optimal orientation (180 degrees, 30-degree pitch).
- Group obstructions, like chimneys and vents, near one another on a north roof or near the ridge, leaving maximum open roof space for solar panels.
- Avoid peaks and dormers, which can disrupt the solar array.
Learn more “solar ready” design principles in our 10-page guidance document. Click here to download the guide.
Solar Ready Commercial Buildings
Commercial builders can also plan for solar by carefully considering roof surfaces, leaving ample space for a solar-ready electrical panel, and consulting a solar expert during the design phase to maximize their energy production and monetary savings.
Requirements for new construction within New York City have recently been updated, requiring new buildings to include a sustainable roofing system with a solar array, green roof, or combination of the two the city’s green initiatives. Click here to read more about those solar solutionrequirements.
NYC Solar Mandate: Local Law 92 & 94
NYC 2019 Bulletin
NYC Official Bill: Local Law 92 & 94
NYC Facts: Impact & Specifics for Solar and Green Roofs
Frequently Asked Questions: NYC Solar and Green Roofs