Not unless you want to.
Mostly, it is about making sure we know how shade will impact performance and design.
We recently had a client who had a nice oak tree that we knew would impact the location of the panels. At Dogwood Solar, we can do a shade analysis which allows us to model system performance: with the tree as is, with the tree trimmed and with the tree removed.
Our client chose to have the tree trimmed and wait to remove it later if they wanted better performance form their solar. They made this choice with complete understanding of how the solar performance would be impacted with the tree remaining.
We’ll never suggest you remove a tree just to add solar. Trees are great and they provide free summertime cooling as well!
What does a Dogwood Solar Shade Analysis look like?