I recently received a quote to have solar panels installed. The price made me nauseous and since there is only one company in my area that installs solar systems I began to consider a DIY install to save what would end up being thousands of dollars. However, having read that a south facing system is optimal with west being second best then east and north being a "don't do it", I wanted to post a photo of my roof to get opinions on whether or not solar is even a viable option for my situation. By the way, I now have a screen enclosure built for the pool. As you can see in the photo, I have no south facing roof space. What little bit that is even peaking southward is southeast and is a very small amount....one or two panels worth at best unless I used the space toward the front of the house, which I'd rather not. The only other space that's large enough to install a few panels faces northeast. The more I look at it the more I think that solar is simply not the best option for my situation. I suppose I could ground mount the panels on a rack but I'm really not thrilled about having that monstrosity taking up space. So what do you guys think? Should I consider solar with the majority of the panels facing northeast or should I consider other means of heating like heat pump or gas heater. I live on the Gulf coast in Panama City, FL.