Tips for Solar Panel Placement to Optimize Sun Exposure
Solar power can be a great solution if you are looking for a way to lower your electricity costs or use green energy. Placing the solar panels on your roof or on the property allows you to harness the power of the sun, and that energy can be used to power appliances, lights, and your electric vehicle if you own one.
Solar panel technology has advanced over the years and has become more affordable, making it possible for many homeowners to enjoy living with solar. When you have a solar system installed at your home, you will need to optimize the available electricity your system will produce with a few proven strategies to maximize sun exposure as much as possible.
Tips for Increasing Sunlight Exposure
The solar panels only generate electricity when they are exposed to direct sunlight. Here are a few factors that need to be considered when choosing the placement of solar panels, which will help to increase the sun exposure as much as possible:
- Shade: While it is nice to have shade trees in the yard, if these shadows are cast on the solar panels, then the shade might decrease the available sun exposure. Consider the location of trees, other buildings and chimneys or rooftop vents that could cast a shadow. If these shade sources can’t be trimmed or moved, then you need to be strategic to place the panels away from the shaded areas whenever possible.
- Orientation: The term “orientation” refers to the direction in which the solar panel is facing. Certain positions don’t allow optimal sunlight due to the way the sun moves across the sky during the day. The best solution is to face the panels in a southern direction. Your second option should be western facing panels. It’s been found that solar panels that face north or east don’t tend to have as much sun exposure.
- Maintenance: Solar panels don’t require much maintenance after installation. It can be helpful to recognize that dirt, grime, and debris could build up on the surface of the panels and limit sun exposure. Set a schedule to clean the panels periodically to avoid this problem.
If you are thinking about solar panel installation in your home, then New Day Solar is here to help. Call us for a free no-obligation consultation: (951) 927-7652 or visit us online at: www.newdaysolar.com. We have been installing solar in this valley since 1988 and will always give you honest answers to your solar questions.