Going with a solar panel system does not mean that you will be ripping off your roof. You can always start small by purchasing outdoor lighting that is run off of solar energy. They'll charge up during the day to light all night, with exception of pre-dawn hours during long winter nights.
Rebates and incentives from the government are a great way to help your solar panels more affordable. The initial cost of getting a solar power system set up can be overwhelming, but you can frequently find financial help. Do your research and you may find great programs that offer rebates, grants or other incentives to help you get the solar power equipment to get you started. They can help lower costs considerably. It may be possible to get tax deductions for your costs.
I have been thinking about getting solar panels for a little while now, my uncle has has a small install for about 10 years, and my mate Ed recently had an install.
You should consider switching to solar power if your home receives 5 hours of sun per day and you experience high energy rates. In this case, your investment in purchase and installation will be well worth it.