At Compass Solar, we have installed hundreds of rooftop power stations. Rooftop solar systems can be placed on both residential and commercial properties. The main difference between a residential rooftop solar system and a commercial rooftop solar system is their kilowatt range. Commercial rooftop solar systems have a much higher kilowatt range than their residential counterparts. 

Now that you know how solar panels work and have figured out if solar is right for you, you may be starting to wonder how much it will cost to add rooftop solar to your home or business. 

Rooftop Solar Cost

The cost of a rooftop power station can vary depending on:

The slope of the roof
Inside solar canopy in apartment complex
The material the roof is made out of
How much of the roof is shaded

What's the Best Angle for Solar Panels?

The slope of your roof is a significant element in maximizing your energy production. The best angle will vary depending on where you live because it is calculated based on the average positioning of the sun over your property. When your rooftop solar is installed it will be angled to face as close to the sun as possible at an angle that is close or equal to the latitude of your home. For most businesses, this angle will be between 30 and 45 degrees. 

Why Roof Material Matters

While solar panels can be installed on a majority of roofing materials, there are certain roofing materials that are more difficult to install solar panels on. Businesses that have roofs made out of wood, metal, cement, tile, and gravel are perfect candidates for solar panels. However, roofs that are made out of cedar, clay, and slate are known to break during solar installation. 

Is My Roof Too Shaded for Solar Panels?

In order for you to get the most out of your solar panels, you want to make sure your solar panels have enough direct exposure to the sun. If your roof is blocked by trees or other buildings, this can greatly reduce the amount of energy your solar panels are producing.