By Stan Dickens, Villa Surveyors
At Villa Surveyors we sometimes get asked if the installation of solar panels in Southern Spain and Portugal is actually worthwhile for villas, houses or apartments.
Is it worth installing solar panels in Spain and Portugal?
The following are some reasons why we consider it is a wise investment to install solar panels in Spain and Portugal, but particularly in the south:
1. High Solar Potential in Spain and Portugal:
Southern Portugal and Spain rank among the finest areas in Europe for the production of solar energy due to their geographic position and climate. Solar panels in these areas will generate more electricity than in places with less sunlight.
2. Save Money on Bills and Create a Cleaner Environment:
Villa and house owners can replace a sizeable amount of their electricity consumption with clean and renewable solar energy by installing solar panels on roofs or elsewhere. Apartment owners may be able to install panels on the communal roof areas of apartment buildings. Over time, this may result in significant electricity cost savings.
Solar panels produce electricity without generating hazardous pollutants or greenhouse gases. This results in a cleaner environment and a reduction in the rate of climate change.
3. Government incentives and Policies:
Spain and Portugal both offer a range of financial incentives and support programmes for the installation of solar panels and other renewable energy sources. Feed-in tariffs, tax credits, grants, and other financial advantages that increase the appeal of the initial investment are available in both countries. Energy Independence:
By producing electricity on-site, owners of solar panels become less dependent on the grid which can be especially advantageous in regions with electricity supply issues.
4. Long Term Investment and Affordability:
Solar panels are a long-term investment that can bring energy savings and other advantages over many years due to their durability and low costs of upkeep.
The price of solar panels has been falling steadily, thereby bringing them into the reach of more and more households.
How to Choose the Right Solar Panels:
The addition of solar panels can raise a home’s value and will certainly make it more attractive to potential buyers. To establish the ideal system size, budget, and possible energy savings, it is crucial to assess the site and speak with local solar experts prior to installing solar panels.
Keep up to date with Solar Panel Technology
Remember that solar technology is constantly improving. Additionally, you should be aware that local laws, solar policies, and incentives may differ between countries and regions, so it’s a good idea to keep up with the most recent advancements in solar energy in your particular area.
The inspection of solar panels in Spain and Portugal
Finally, please remember that any home inspection service in Spain or Portugal should include comments on the presence of solar panels and other renewable energy sources. However, home inspectors are not experts in such systems and if you want full reassurance you should inform your inspector who may be able to advise you about reliable experts in the area.