Tips for Choosing the Best Placement for Your Solar Array
How much will the placement of your solar array impact the benefits of the system? Investing in high-quality equipment won’t pay off if you don’t choose the right position for your new solar panels! So, it is essential that you talk to a solar expert to find the optimal placement position of the solar panels on your property.
Maximizing Sunlight Exposure
The goal with the placement of your solar panels is to maximize direct sunlight as much as possible. More sunlight means more energy generated. When the panels are shaded by trees or other buildings, then they won’t be able to generate the electricity that is needed for your home.
Not only will the placement location impact the performance of your array, but orientation can also have an effect on performance as well.
Orientation of the Panels
For the most part, south facing solar modules will maximize the sunlight exposure in Southern California. Individual considerations need to be made since climatic conditions can impact the sunlight. For example, homes near the coast can often benefit by having the panels oriented slightly westward because of fog in the mornings. These differences are small, but every little bit helps to maximize the effectiveness of your solar electric system.
Common Placements for Solar Arrays
The most common placement for a solar power system is on the rooftop of the building. You will need to be sure that the rooftop area isn’t blocked by anything that could stop the sunlight from coming through. Not only will the rooftop installation give you maximum sunlight, but it also adds an extra layer of protection to avoid direct sunlight that heats up the roof and attic of your home.
Ground-mounted solar systems are also an option, although most lots don’t have a large enough space of non-shaded land for the solar array.
At New Day Solar, we have 28 years of experience finding the best solutions for solar electric installations. You are welcome to contact us anytime if you are interested in learning more about this investment. We can come out for a free consultation and offer recommendations for the best placement of your solar array. Call us to schedule a consultation: (855) 444-6329 or visit us at www.newdaysolar.com. Our prices are listed on our website!