Arizona is a great place to install solar panels because of its year-round sunlight, even during the winter months.
Along with the type of solar panels you choose, the efficiency of your system depends significantly on how the panels are installed.
In this blog on best practices for solar panel placement and orientation, we’ll look at the following questions:
- Where is the best place to put solar panels?
- What side of the house is best for solar?
- Where not to put solar panels?
- Is it better for solar panels to tilt or lay flat?
- Should solar panel layout be horizontal or vertical?
- How far from the house can solar panels be?
- Should I put solar panels on the front of my house?
Where is the Best Place to Put Solar Panels?
Solar panels will be most effective when placed on the roof facing true south. This way, they’ll be directly in the sun in the middle of the day and receive optimal sunlight absorption.
What Side of the House is Best for Solar?
In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s best to place solar panels facing south. The sun sits above the equator in North America, which means south-facing panels will receive the most sunlight absorption for energy production. The sun’s placement swaps in the Southern Hemisphere and solar panels should face true north.
Where Not to Put Solar Panels
The goal of solar panels is to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy. Placing solar panels in any spots obstructing sunlight will make the system less effective overall, and shaded areas should be avoided.
It’s also not recommended to install solar panels on roofs that are north facing due to the lack of sunlight they’ll receive.
Solar panels should only be installed on roofs in good condition and have sufficient space and appropriate angles to maximize efficiency. To ensure that solar panels receive maximum sunlight exposure, it’s crucial to consider the roof’s direction, angle, and available space.
Is It Better For Solar Panels To Tilt or Lay Flat?
Solar panels should lay on a tilted surface. Installing solar panels on a flat surface allows water to be collected and built up on the panels, risking damage to the solar arrays and cells. Panels slightly angled at three to four allow water to glide off the surface and prevent damage.
Should Solar Panel Layout Be Horizontal or Vertical?
The solar panel orientation won’t impact the efficiency of the system. The majority of solar panel systems are installed horizontally to allow them to produce more energy as the sun moves east to west throughout the day. Solar panels may sometimes need to be installed vertically to account for limited root space.
How Far From the House Can Solar Panels Be?
Solar panels can be installed anywhere on the property. What’s important is that they receive adequate sun exposure. Sometimes, this is necessary due to having a north-facing roof or heavy shade. Other places solar panels are commonly placed include detached garage roofs and sheds. Before choosing where to install a solar power system, consult a licensed installer to ensure you pick the safest and most efficient location.
Should I Put Solar Panels on the Front of My House?
Solar panels should only be installed on the front of your house if it faces the southern half of the sky. In the U.S., the sun sits above the equator; therefore, solar panels that face south will receive the most sunlight. While the roof is typically recommended for solar panels, different obstacles can make it unsuitable (shade, limited space, etc.). Along with facing south, the front of your house shouldn’t be in the shade. It’s also vital to important neighborhood regulations and HOA requirements.
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