What’s the Best Place to Put a Solar Panel?

If you are looking to install solar panels on your property, then proper placement is critical. That’s because the optimal placement will place a big role in the effectiveness of those panels. At Midwest Solar Installers, we specialize in solar panel installation for both residential and commercial properties throughout the Cedar Valley, Iowa region. Here, we will discuss the best placement for solar panels.

Roof Placement

The first location to consider for the placement of solar panels is the roof. There are a number of reasons why you will want to consider a roof placement. First, the roof is likely to have the least amount of obstruction that can come between the panels and sunlight. Also, roof placement can help protect solar panels from potential damage. Finally, your roof will likely have enough square footage to allow for the placement of solar panels. No matter which kind of roof you have – pitched or flat – you should consider placing solar panels on this part of your home first.

Southern Facing Panels

The direction in which the solar panels will face is also important. This will allow for maximum sun exposure. Ideally, you will want to have your solar panels face in a southern direction. This will ensure maximum absorption of sunlight and allow your solar panels to provide the highest amount of energy. Ideally, you will want to have your solar panels on a roof facing in a southern direction. 

Pitch Angle 

With solar panels on the roof of your property facing south, you will also want to consider the pitch angle. This is because the right pitch of the solar panels will play a role in the effectiveness of the solar panels. Ideally, you will want each solar panel to have a pitch angle of between 30 and 45 degrees. If the solar panel is too flat, then it will adversely affect the sunlight absorption rate. The same holds true is the pitch angle is too steep. In many cases, your pitched roof will have the ideal angle for your solar panels. If you have a flat roof, then the installer can provide a mounting assembly that will pitch the solar panels at the optimal angle. 

Avoiding Shade 

You will also want to consider the effect of shade on solar panels. By placing your solar panels on the roof of your property, you should be able to avoid most types of shade. However, if you have a large tree or some other obstruction in the way, then this will adversely affect the effectiveness of the solar panels. If you do have a tree that sits between sunlight and your solar panels, then you may want to consider some strategic tree trimming in order to remove some shading. Also, the installer may consider changing the position of the solar panels or the pitch angle. 

Sunlight Exposure

Obviously, you will want to position solar panels in order to get the maximum amount of sunlight exposure. There are several factors to consider when positing solar panels for maximum sunlight. You will want to consider where sunlight falls on your property most of the year. In most cases, this will occur on the roof. However, if you have certain obstructions, then there may be an alternate location that could be better for your solar panels. A solar panel installer should be able to access your property in order to determine the optimal position for your solar panels. 

Available Space 

Finally, you will want to make sure that you have the right amount of space for your solar panels. Ideally, each solar panel should have about 200 to 1,000 square feet of space, depending on the size of the panels. You will want to make sure that the solar panels do not experience any overhang if they are located on the roof of a structure. Also, you want to make sure that the roof can provide the proper amount of support for the entire solar panel array. 

How to Access Your Property for the Best Solar Panel Position

Now that you have a more clear understanding of the best of the best position for your solar panels, you will want to learn how to use this knowledge to your advantage. Now, a solar panel installer will likely access your property before the installation. However, it is a good idea to make a self-assessment so you can anticipate where the solar panels will be placed.

1). Check your Roof

The first thing that you should do is take a look at your roof because this will likely be the area where your solar panels will be placed. Be sure to know the pitch angle of your roof. If you have a flat roof, then your solar panels will be mounted at an angle. Also, check to make sure that you have the proper amount of space for the complete solar panel array. 

2). Check for any Obstructions 

Be sure to check for any possible obstructions that can adversely affect the absorption rate of the solar panels. If you notice that there is a large tree that sits between the sun and your roof, then you will want to budget for a tree trimming service. 

3). Consider any Alternate Locations 

While your roof will be the likely location for your solar panels, you want to make sure that you are prepared for an alternate location for your solar panels. Some places to check include areas in your backyard as well as the side of your home. Again, these solar panel placements are rare. However, it is always better to be prepared just in case there is an issue with any roof placement. 

Finding the Right Placement for Solar Panels 

Finding the right location for your solar panels is an important first step in creating a more energy-efficient property. To receive a professional assessment on the placement of solar panels, be sure to contact us at Midwest Solar Installers. We can assist in the installation of solar panels on almost any residential or commercial property.

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