Designing the best solar energy solutions for Massachusetts and Rhode Island homes needs a slightly different approach than some other regions in the country. Environmental conditions throughout the seasons offer certain challenges. And the available sunlight, while more than sufficient, is different that places of lower latitude or closer to the equator. Seasons change more in New England by comparison, as we all know.
The great majority of homeowners can meet their total electricity needs with a rooftop solar energy system between approximately 7 kW and 12 kW in rated solar power capacity. This is a sweet spot, but it doesn’t mean that one design for any capacity will work for every location.
You may look around your neighborhood and see a number of different size homes, of significantly different styles, and perhaps built years apart. Some may have a simple hip roof. Others may have more complex roofs and gables. Even similarly designed homes may not face the sun in the sky exactly the same way. There are commonly some unique requirements for optimal solar energy production from house to house, even if small.