WHERE TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS
- by Clare Louise
It is important to know where your solar panels should be installed in order to get the best use of them. Before you can install your solar panels, consider the location of your home, the direction of your roof, and the size of the panels. These are some ESD Solar tips to help you make a decision.
SOLAR PANEL LOCATION OPTIONS
SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED ON YOUR ROOF
Most solar panels are installed on roofs. Solar panels are most commonly installed on roofs. However, they can also be installed on the roof of your business or house. They can also be installed on any roof on your property.
You can mount solar panels on your garage roof or on a detached structure such as a shed. If your roof isn’t large enough or the structure you have more direct sunlight, it makes sense to install your solar panel system on another structure.
Because they produce the most energy, south-facing roofs are the best option for solar panel installation. However, southeast- or southwest-facing roofs can be used.
No matter what type of roof you choose, the primary benefit is that your panels will not be in the way. Solar panels can protect your roof from severe weather (such as hail, excessive rain, snow, and other abrasive debris), and keep your house cooler by blocking the sun from reaching your roof.
A roof installation may not be the right choice if your roof faces south or is shaded by trees. A roof install may not be the best option for homeowners who don’t want to alter their roof’s aesthetic.
INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS ON A GROUND
Another option is to install solar panels on the ground, especially if you don’t have a suitable roof for solar panel installation.
The ground installation offers many benefits, including easier and safer installation as well as maintenance. The panels can also be accessed from the ground without having to climb onto the roof. This is not a problem for professionals but you might enjoy the ease of spraying down your solar panels without needing to call in a professional.
Because of the area beneath the panels for airflow, ground solar panel systems are often more efficient. This helps keep the panels cool. You can also expand your system from the ground, unlike a roof. A roof can only give so much, but a ground-based system allows you to expand your system if needed.
Solar panels installed on the ground have one major drawback: they take up too much space on your property. Consider where your solar panels will be the most visible. Some people prefer to have solar panels installed in their front yard, rather than in the back. This is because they don’t take up space. This is a great way to display your panels from the street.
INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS TO A SOUTH-FACING WALK
Installing solar panels on a south-facing wall is a good option if you don’t have any south-facing windows or you prefer to keep them off the ground.
You must use a south-facing wall to ensure that your panels reach their maximum solar power potential. This includes excess power generation which will be stored in your battery as reserves. Also, net Metering credits are available.
Wall-mounted systems can be a great option for homeowners who love the look of their home’s design and don’t want to alter it.
It’s rare to find a south-facing wall without windows, doors, or other decorative obstructions. This can make it difficult for solar panels to fit into the space. Wall-mounted systems are less efficient than roofs or ground panels because they’re at a 90-degree pitch. They’ll also produce the most energy in the late afternoon when the sun is low.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS?
Each solar panel installation is unique. This means that depending on your home’s style and orientation, certain places may be more suitable than others.
These are the pros and cons of each location.
- Your roof faces south and receives sufficient sunlight exposure.
- Your roof is not shaded by trees or buildings.
- You don’t want your property to be a dumping ground.
- Protect your roof from the elements.
- You want your home to be cooler.
Ground installation is most practical if:
- For maintenance and cleaning, you want to be able to easily access your panels.
- It is important not to obscure or block the design elements of your roof.
- Solar panels can be installed in your yard if you don’t mind.
- Your panels should be visible from your front yard to anyone who passes by.
- You may want to be able to expand your system in the future.
South-facing walls are most effective if:
- While you don’t want your roof to be covered, you want your panels attached.
- A wall facing true south is possible with no obstructions, such as windows or doors.
- To power your home, you don’t need a lot of energy.
- Live in northern latitudes where the sun is still south and low in the sky.
GO SOLAR WITH ESD Solar
A professional is the best way to find out if you are thinking of purchasing solar panels or if you have them already. ESD Solar will send a specialist to visit your home to determine the best location.
This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD Solar offers knowledgeable and efficient solar panels Port Saint Lucie! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!
It is important to know where your solar panels should be installed in order to get the best use of them. Before you can install your solar panels, consider the location of your home, the direction of your roof, and the size of the panels. These are some ESD Solar tips to help you make…