AltWays Solar Estimator
AltWays Solar Estimator gives you the straight scoop on going solar. It’s strictly fact-based, using the best available data on current usage rates, installation costs, local sun radiation potential and other information. With just eight easy steps you’ll know if solar is right for you.
If it is, we’ll help you find a qualified installer and introduce you to some other folks in your neighborhood who’ve switched to solar. There is never any cost to you for our services. We will only share your data with prospective solar installers if you give us permission. And there is absolutely no obligation to buy anything. We are here to help you make a well-informed decision.
Step 1 – Enter your zip code. We use the average size home for your zip code to calculate the size of the system you would need to zero out your electric consumption. Based on that and the going local rate for complete installations we can show you what a typical financial payback would be for a south facing roof with no shade.
You’ll notice a tab with detailed system information and financials called “Your Savings”. You can open or close this tab any time.
We will also show you some of the many folks who have gone solar in your neck of the woods.
Step 2 – Enter your name. This will help us keep in touch and provide you with a custom solar analysis.
Step 3 – Enter your monthly bill or kilowatt usage. You can choose either one. This information comes straight from your electric bill and tells us the size of the system you will need to offset 100% of your electric bill.
Step 4 – Enter your email address. You’ll get a welcome email from us with login information so you can return to this is site and pick up where you left off or change something at any time. We will only use the address to communicate with you. Later you’ll have the option of asking for quotes from local installers.
Step 5 – Enter your address. Since your electric usage is most likely not average, we’d like know more about your situation and needs. A rooftop view tells you and your installer a lot about shade, orientation and other factors too.
Step 6 – Is your roof flat or pitched? If it is pitched, we’ll need to know the orientation of the surface you’ll be mounting the PV panels on. South is ideal, but anything except the north quadrant can still work.
If your roof is flat, you’ll jump to step 8.
Step 7 – Orientation. If you have a pitched roof, the way it faces makes a difference in the size of the solar PV system your will require. South facing is ideal and requires the smallest PV system. Click on the compass heading to turn your house to the actual orientation.
Step 8 – Shade. Shade is the enemy of solar power. Here we’d like to know the amount shade on your roof over the course of the year. This could be from tall trees, neighboring buildings or other structures. Don’t worry about clouds. We’ve covered that in our zip code database. Figuring the total loss from shade can be a bit tricky. Just make your best guess. The solar installer you choose will make a more detailed analysis before giving you a solid recommendation and quote.
That’s It – You’re done! At this point you’ll see if solar makes sense for you. If the numbers look good, you can authorize us to contact qualified solar installers in your area. They will contact you to create a detailed price quote. Still not sure? You can download your estimate in PDF form and revisit us later. Either way there is never any obligation or cost for our services.