Can I Install Solar in My Apartment?
If you live in an apartment, you may be wondering if you can take advantage of the solar revolution like homeowners. The short answer is yes, though it can be a little more complicated.
Don’t worry! Even without your own roof, you can still benefit from solar power, and possibly even reduce your electricity bills in the process!
If you are a renter, keep reading this blog for some savvy ways to harness solar energy in your apartment!
Installing Solar Panels as a Renter
You can install solar panels in your apartment, but since you don’t have access to the roof or a large swath of yard, you’ll need a small portable system that can fit on your balcony or patio that receives ample sunlight. Keep in mind these systems have a small power output of about 0.3 to 1.5 kWh per day.
Portable Solar Systems
Portable solar panel systems have become progressively cheaper and more efficient over recent years. They are now a convenient power source for those who live in smaller spaces like a rented apartment, home, or RV.
Since these portable systems can work anywhere that there is sun exposure, they are perfect for apartment dwellers. You can easily set up a small solar system on windowsills, balcony railings, or banisters.
These small portable systems are generally rated between 100-300 watts and can generate between 0.3 kWh to 1.5 kWh of electricity a day. This can be enough to run some small appliances or charge your smartphone or laptop.
Pros of Portable Solar Panels
A great advantage to a portable solar system is that it can easily be connected to a battery storage system. This means you will be able to use the power your system generated any time of day.
Another amazing advantage is that some of these small solar energy systems qualify for the 26% federal tax credit, which could significantly reduce the costs of your system.
The best part is that when you move to a new apartment you can take your solar system with you—which isn’t an option for homeowners with rooftop solar panels!
Cons of Portable Solar Systems
There are a few downsides to portable solar systems that you should consider before investing in one.
Any portable solar system is going to produce less power than rooftop or ground-mounted solar panel systems. This means that you’ll need to continue using grid power to meet your power needs.
Further, portable inverters and storage systems can be quite expensive, especially if you want a quality system that will last. It’s also important to keep in mind that the smaller the solar system, the higher the cost per watt.
Another Option: Community Solar Gardens
Though not available everywhere, community solar gardens can be a great way to use solar energy in an apartment. The community solar model allows renters to subscribe to a solar garden that is off-site.
If you went this route, you wouldn’t need to switch their utilities or put anything on their property so they likely don’t need permission from a landlord to join. The best part? You could expect to save 10% on your monthly energy costs while contributing to clean energy in your community.
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Orlando Solar Solutions
Whether you are a homeowner wanting to install a rooftop solar array, or you’re an apartment renter that needs something a little smaller and portable, our team at Solar Bear Orlando can help you find the perfect solar solution for your needs!
Ready to talk solar? Call our team at Solar Bear Orlando today; 407-904-7585!