Updated: Jan 12, 2022
Solar is an efficient and green source of energy for powering your home. If you are thinking of moving, you may have reservations about going through with a solar installation. Can you take your solar panels with you when moving to a new home?
While it is possible to remove and reinstall solar panels when you relocate, there are some considerations to keep in mind. Removing solar panels is not an easy task. Panels are secured tightly to your roof. Not only will removal be difficult, but it could also leave potential damage to the roof. The same is true for the internal components of your solar system.
Can I Remove my Solar Panels by Myself?
You should not try to remove and reinstall solar panels yourself. If you are thinking about taking your solar panels with you, it will require professional removal and reinstallation. The process can be expensive, and if you have a different type of roof from your current home, the panels may not work for your new roof.
Don’t worry! If you’ve installed solar panels and decide to move, all is not lost! Homes with solar installations are worth more on the real estate market—sometimes up to $15,000 more. A solar installation produces equity in your home. That is a great enticement to attract buyers to your home who want to go green and choose to supplement their power with solar.
With the added income from the sale of your home with solar panels, you should be able to defray the cost of a solar installation in your new home. You can also take advantage of the federal solar tax credit which will allow you a savings of up to 30%.