Solar Panel Placement Considerations
When you're considering solar panel installation for your home, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is where to put them. Does it matter if they're facing east or west? What about shade from nearby trees or buildings?
These are all common questions, and we're going to discuss the impact of solar panel placement on energy generation and provide some tips on how to get the most out of your solar installation.
Shade: the Enemy
When it comes to solar energy, shade is the enemy. Shade can impact the ability of solar panels to work efficiently on a home roof, and it's important to take this into account when deciding where to install solar panels.
Shade can come from trees, buildings, or other obstructions that cast a shadow on the solar panels. If too much shade falls on a solar panel, it will not be able to generate electricity. This means that you may not get as much benefit from your installation as you could if the panels were in a sunnier spot.
Is Shade Different Than Clouds?
People often ask if solar panels need sunlight to work. The answer is no—they will still generate electricity on a cloudy day. However, this will reduce the amount of power generated.
Shade is different from clouds. If a tree or building casts a shadow on your solar panels, it will reduce the amount of power generated.
When it comes to solar panel placement, the other thing to consider is the architecture of your home. Some homeowners prefer to have their solar panels hidden from view, while others want them to be a prominent part of their property. Several solar panel mounting options are available to accommodate any home design.
Switching to Solar? We Can Help
Make sure you consult with experienced solar installers, like the team at HedgeHog Electric, who can help you choose the best placement for your home and sun exposure. If you have any questions about solar panel installation or electrical work for your home, please don't hesitate to give us a call today at (866) 605-2113.