Some people believe that removing trees to create solar energy is a bad tradeoff for the environment. They believe it creates a net negative impact. After all, trees remove carbon dioxide from the environment by storing CO2 and we emit CO2 when manufacturing solar panels. In reality, solar energy production has a net positive benefit on the environment - even when you need to remove trees or branches (or other solar panel obstructions) to install or maximize your solar panels' energy output.
As we found from experience, cutting down a tree or some branches to create solar panel clearance before you install a solar panel array leads to a net positive impact on the environment. Of course, many homeowners can get away with simply trimming their trees – and they don’t need to totally remove the tree to free a solar panel obstruction - which means you can boost your net positive environmental impact even higher.
Some people have ignored solar energy because they live in a heavily wooded property. However, with just a few small adjustments, you can ensure you have solar panel clearance and that your solar panels are exposed to maximum sunlight throughout the year – you might not even notice the missing small tree or branch.
Trees can block sunlight from hitting your solar panels, which can substantially reduce their performance and energy production. Here's the good news: you don't need to clear-cut your property to maximize solar panels. In most cases, you can get away with removing a few branches or trimming your trees.
Ultimately, solar panel installation companies have worked with all types of properties – including properties surrounded by trees. They know how to maximize the efficiency of your solar panels. They’ll be able to determine if you should cut down trees, trim trees, or just leave them there. Request a free estimate and see what your local solar panel company says about your tree situation.
If it is decided you should probably trim some branches, give us a call. Chances are - once you prune away some branches, the overall health of the tree (and the solar panel output) will also improve in the process.
We love our customers and what we do, so feel free to call anytime for assistance with your solar panel obstructions!
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