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Maximizing Your Solar Potential: How to Select the Best Panels for Your San Antonio Home

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President , Level 3 Solar

I am the author of a # 1 best-selling book, entrepreneur contributor, and owner of a solar company, Level 3 Solar, that helps homeowners eliminate their electric bills. Our local certified solar...

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When it comes to selecting the best solar panels for your home in San Antonio, it can be overwhelming to navigate the various options and claims made by solar installers. Many homeowners focus on finding the "very best" solar panel, but before considering panel selection, you need to consider the usable roof space and shading on your property. 

One of the most important aspects of choosing solar panels is affordability. If you have plenty of roof space with little shading, then the solar professional might consider installing lower producing, but cheaper panels.  

This will allow you to still overproduce at a lower cost. On the other hand, if you have shading to deal with or want to keep the panels from being visible from the front of your house, then you will have less space for panels. 

To maximize the available roof space in these cases, it might be best to use more expensive panels like Canadian or Hanwha Q Cells, which will still allow the solar system to eliminate your electric bill and potentially overproduce. 

Another problem that homeowners face when selecting solar panels is the push by solar installers to promote certain types of panels, such as Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline solar cells. If a solar professional is trying to convince you that one type of panel is superior to others, it's best to be skeptical and avoid their proposal. All solar panels can produce energy, and the best panel for your home will depend on your roof and shading conditions. 

In conclusion, it is important for homeowners in San Antonio to focus on usable roof space and shading when selecting solar panels, rather than getting caught up in panel selection and claims made by solar installers.  

By considering affordability and maximizing the available roof space, homeowners can choose a solar system that will best meet their needs and eliminate their electric bill. It is always best to consult multiple solar professionals to get different opinions and proposals before deciding. 


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