Home solar panel positioning for maximizing efficiency

Home solar panel positioning can impact how well your system performs. By ensuring that your panels are facing the correct direction, you can maximize their time in the sun and the amount of sunshine that hits them directly. The good news is you don’t have to figure this out for yourself. The experts at Stilwell Solar will evaluate your roof for the most efficient positioning.

Facing South for Sun

Home solar panel positioning.One of the critical factors to consider with home solar panel positioning is the orientation of your roof. South-facing roofs are great for solar energy production. They receive the most sunlight throughout the day in the northern hemisphere.

East or West: Weighing the Pros and Cons

While south-facing panels have their benefits, east and west-facing orientations can generate significant solar energy, too. East-facing panels capture the morning sunlight, which can be beneficial for energy production during the earlier hours of the day. Similarly, west-facing panels capture the afternoon sunlight, making them effective for energy production later in the day. Understanding your energy consumption patterns and peak usage times can help determine whether an east or west-facing orientation may be more suitable for your home.

Achieving the Optimal Angle

In addition to the direction, the tilt of your solar panels can significantly impact their energy production. The optimal tilt angle varies depending on your geographical location. It can be determined based on the latitude of your area. The Department of Energy says the optimal range is between 15 and 40 degrees. Adjusting the tilt angle to match the local latitude ensures that the panels receive the most direct sunlight, maximizing their efficiency throughout the year. That means in Florida, the optimal angle is around 28 degrees.

Account for Local Conditions

Several local factors can influence optimal home solar panel positioning. Weather patterns and shading from nearby trees or structures can impact where your panels would perform best. Assessing these factors can help you determine the best orientation to mitigate potential energy production limitations. Consulting with a solar energy expert can provide valuable insights into how local conditions may impact the efficiency of your solar panel system.

At Stilwell Solar, we will help you find the best spot on your roof for solar panels and install and maintain your system. We are solar experts with decades of experience installing solar pool heaters and whole-home solar systems. To get an estimate for solar on your home, contact us online or call (239) 495-5988.