To fully get the benefit of both domestic and commercial solar, you need to understand where to install solar panels. It is not just a south-facing rooftop that is the best option in most cases.
It comes down to a few factors in areas such as your geographical location, the direction of your roof faces and the size of the panels required as much as anything else, but all can be discussed with a professional installer to overlook your specific requirements and what plays into providing the best installation for maximum usage.
The most common installation for solar panels is on a roof, but they don’t always have to be facing south to be effective – Southeast and southwest panels suffice as well.
The primary benefit of a roof installation is that the panels are out of the way, and they protect your roof against all the elements such as hail, rain, snow and debris from high winds. Solar panels also work to keep your house cooler by blocking the sun from hitting your roof.
The biggest roadblock for roof installation will be if your roof faces away from the south, or if it is obscured by trees or a larger buildings shadow throughout most of the day. Many homeowners do not want to upset the roof’s aesthetic, in which case they would opt for a different solar panel option.
If your premises does not have an ideal roof for solar panels to be installed, you would possibly opt for ground-level panels which are just as effective.
Being an easier panel to install and maintain without having to climb onto a roof, ground-level panels benefit from being able to be cleaned regularly with water to keep their maximum efficiency. As ground panels have enough airflow underneath them, they can be kept cool and therefore more efficient. Being able to expand the system on the ground means that you can also add more panels if required over time.
The only real drawback of ground panels is the space they take up on your property. Many people choose to have them installed in the front yard so that activity space in the backyard is not disturbed. It may be a great way to show off to the neighbours that you are adoptive of renewable energy, but unless the garden is south facing you may not get the full benefit of having them.
A south-facing wall would be the third option if you do not have a south-facing roof or you want to free up the ground-level space.
Some homeowners enjoy wall-mounted systems that free up their gardens and roofs, still showcasing welcome green energy whilst keeping your home spacious enough to enjoy a garden. Of course, a south-facing wall without obstructions can be a rarity, which means systems can end up smaller and produce less energy on average than a roof or grounded system.
There are more advantages than disadvantages with solar panels, and only by discussing with a professional, will you understand which option best suits your needs and where to install solar panels. Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today.