What Is A Solar Audit?

A solar audit is used to determine whether a PV solar system is right for you! The truth is, not everyone can go solar. Available space, the pitch and direction of your roof(s), and obstructions can all play a part.

At Solar Optix, we start by asking you to send us a copy of your electrical bill so we can determine your annual usage, and begin to figure out which size of system will get you to your desired outcome of net zero. We’ll then provide you with a preliminary design + budget.

If it interests you, and you’d like to proceed, we’ll book an appointment to visit your home, property, or place of business. While there, we’ll spend approximately 30 minutes to an hour completing the audit. This will include pictures, roof measurements, obstructions (vents, chimneys, etc.) as well as addressing any issues related to the age of your roof, and possible shading. While completing the audit, we’ll also determine if your panel is adequate to sustain a solar array.

Upon completion, we’ll then create a design package with a proposed layout & production simulation, product spec sheets, and a purchase quote. Should you decide to proceed with a purchase, Solar Optix will take care of the rest for you!

Questions to consider for a rooftop system:

Are you the owner of the home or business?

We cannot install a system on a tenant’s rental property, but you as the tenant are certainly able to inquire if the owner is interested. If permission has been granted, we can then move forward with the necessary proceedings.

Is your roof in need of replacing?

If so, we recommend you address it before having a solar system installed.

Do you have sufficient roof space available, and which direction(s) does it face?

Although the ideal direction is south, east and west surfaces also do very well.

Will you need a structural engineer's report on your roof?

In the City of Lethbridge, residents will no longer be required to obtain a structural engineer's report to install solar if:
- the array is at least 300mm down from the peak
- the array is mounted flush with the slope of the roof
- the array is attached with a pre-engineered racking system

Do you have available breakers on your panel?

Residential systems require between 2-4 open breakers on a standard 100AMP panel. If your electrical panel is full, an additional sub panel can be installed. We can also provide this service, as we have licensed electricians available through our affiliate company, Neu-Lite Electric!

Is your rooftop impacted by shading from surrounding trees?

Ideal systems should be free from shading. If it happens to be substantial, are you willing to have your trees trimmed or removed?

Request a FREE site audit!