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Don’t Buy Solar Panels: 9(ish) Reasons Not To Go Solar

We love solar panels. We 100% believe it makes sense for many homeowners to go solar.

But we also know that going solar doesn’t make sense for everyone… no matter what that pushy solar sales rep may try to tell you (there are plenty of honest ones out there but, like every industry, you have your share of sleazeballs).

When does going solar not make sense? Below you’ll find 9(ish) reasons why you should think twice about getting solar panels for your home.

Don’t Buy Solar Panels: 9(ish) Reasons Not To Go Solar

1. Low Electric Bills

If you have low electric bills each month, then you may want to pass on solar.  

With an electric bill of $50 (maybe even $100) or less a month, it’s going to take a LONG time to make back the cost of solar panels through savings on your electric bills.

That said, if you don’t use much electricity, you may not need to buy many solar panels. So upfront costs may not be so bad.

Also, electricity costs are going up so, in a few years, you may have a much larger electricity bill than you do now. Plus there are other benefits to solar (environmental, increased home value, etc.).

Overall, a low electric bill isn’t totally a deal breaker when it comes to solar. But the payoff may take a lot longer if you don’t spend much on electricity.

2. Roof size/configuration

Sometimes size does matter. If you have a small roof, you may not be able to fit enough panels on there to make solar worthwhile.

Also, how your roof is laid out may matter too. If you have irregular angles, dormers or other obstructions, that’s not good for solar. Again, you may not be able to fit enough panels on your roof to generate the electricity you need for solar to make sense.

Lastly, solar panels will usually be most efficient if they are on the south-facing side of your roof. They’ll still generate electricity on the other sides of your roof but efficiency will take a hit.

3. Roof condition

If your roof is in bad shape and needs repairs or replacement soon, hold off on solar. Fix your roof first, then go ahead with installing panels.

4. Moving soon(ish)

This is the only reason why our home does not have solar panels. It’s not our forever home and we’ll likely be moving in the next 5 years or so.

In some places and situations, you can make back your investment in solar in 5 years or less. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with our house.

So if the payback period on solar is much longer than you plan to be in your home, going solar may not make sense.

5. No one’s home during the day

Unless you get a battery backup system, your solar panels are going to power your home during the day. Not at night.

So, if no one is really home during the day at your home – doing the laundry, dishes, cranking up the A/C, etc. – then most of your electricity use will be at night. And, again, unless you have a battery back up you can rely on, you won’t be able to harness solar energy to power most of your energy needs.

6. You rent

If you don’t own your home, then investing in solar doesn’t make sense. Maybe you can sweettalk your landlord into going solar but, if not, it’s not a wise idea to invest in solar on a property you don’t own (and it’s probably not even be legal!).

7. Roof blocked by buildings/trees

Are there big trees or buildings that block direct sunlight from hitting your roof? If so, the efficiency of your solar panels will take a big hit. So much so that solar might not be worth it for you.

8. Money/economics

Solar panels can be a huge upfront expense. If that’s going to put a big hurt on your family’s budget/savings, then solar might not make sense right now.

There are leasing options out there. You just have to be smart about going that route though. Some states offer really great solar lease rates for homeowners.

But many don’t. If you have to pay a high interest rate to get solar panels, then you really have to crunch the numbers to see if leasing makes sense.

Also, leasing may complicate things when you go to sell your home.

Bottom line here, if getting solar panels is going to cause money problems for you and your family, wait until the situation improves before going forward with solar.

9(ish). You don’t qualify for incentives

The “ish” here is that we were debating whether or not to include this one.

There have been great solar incentives available in some states that help homeowners save $1000s on solar. But many are starting to go away.

There is also the federal tax credit (now at 30% with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022) that can take $1000s off the cost of installing solar panels.

However, even if you don’t qualify for any incentives, solar may still make sense for you. True, you’ll pay much more than someone who does get incentives. But between the cost savings of solar, increase in home value, potential energy independence and environmental benefits – investing in solar may still be a great option for you.

If You Think Solar Makes Sense…

If none of the above apply to you, then going solar may absolutely make a lot of sense for your home. At the very least it’s worth some time to see just what’s involved and how much you can save.

Discover Your Savings Potential Today!

Curious about how much you could save with solar? It’s time to find out! Here’s how:

First, get a few quotes. It’s the best way to see your real costs and savings of going solar. 

We recommend at least one of your quotes come from SunPower, the higest-rated solar installer in the U.S.

Here’s what sets them apart:

  • Industry-Leading Warranty: 25-year coverage on panels, microinverters, and racking.
  • Flexible Financing: Options include $0 down and payments as low as $99/month.
  • Top Customer Satisfaction: Highest ratings in the industry.

Get Accurate Information from Trusted Experts

Start with our free solar assessment tool here. In about 30 seconds you’ll get an initial answer on whether solar is a good fit for your home. If it is, a SunPower energy consultant will help design the ideal system for your needs and provide a no-obligation savings estimate.

It’s really that easy!

Still on the Fence?


  • This assessment is completely free and there is NO obligation
  • Solar technology has advanced significantly, making it more efficient and affordable
  • Government incentives won’t last forever – act now to maximize your savings

If it turns out solar isn’t a good fit for your home or budget, at least you’ll know you’ve made an informed decision.

Take the First Step: Get Your Free Solar Assessment Today!

Don’t let another high electricity bill arrive before exploring your solar options. The sooner you start, the more you could save.

By taking action now, you could save a substantial amount on your electric bills for years to come.

Get your free assessment here while you can still take advantage of low solar panel costs and valuable government incentives. Take control of your energy future today!