Home solar vs community solar – what’s better?

If you’ve decided it’s time to invest in a home solar system, but are still deciding on home solar vs community solar, you may be curious about the similarities, the differences, and the pros and cons of each system. In this article our team will explain both home solar systems and community solar systems, and they’ll discuss how to determine which one is best for you.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to solar power for your home. Some homes will be better suited to individual solar panels, while others might benefit more from a community solar system. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each option.

Home solar systems

With home solar systems, the solar panels are affixed to your roof and convert sunlight into energy that powers your home. The amount of energy home solar panels generate depends on the climate you live in and how much direct sunlight they receive. Home solar systems have a lifespan of around 25-30 years. Additionally, they require very little maintenance aside from the occasional cleaning, and you can store excess energy to use at a later time. 

Community solar systems

For neighborhoods that want to harness the power of free energy from the sun, community solar systems are an excellent option. These systems are mounted on the ground and are shared between several homes, meaning you won’t need to install solar panels on your roof. So if you and several neighbors get together and decide you all want to use solar energy to power your homes, a community solar system might be the solution. 

In closing, what’s better for you will largely depend on what type of roof you have, the direction your roof faces, how much direct sun exposure your roof receives, the climate you live in, and how much energy you use on a daily basis. We recommend contacting a trusted solar installer for an inspection, and they’ll recommend the best solar solution for you. 

If you’d like to know more about home solar or community solar options, or if you have any questions about solar panels and home solar systems, please contact our team today. Discover why we’re a trusted solar company for people in Morris County, NJ and beyond. We look forward to hearing from you.