The Importance of Solar Panel Alignment

If you’re installing a home solar system, have you thought about solar panel alignment yet? The angles of your solar panels will determine how much energy they generate for your home, and ideally you want your solar system to generate as much energy as possible. Our team will take a closer look at why solar panel alignment is so important. 

Why Is Solar Panel Alignment Important?

You want your solar panels to be placed at the angle that allows them to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight, which is when your panels are perpendicular to the sun. Not everyone’s roof allows for this possibility, so it’s important to work with a qualified solar technician who can place your solar panels at the best angle. 

Factors That Affect Your Solar Panel Angle

  • Latitude: The further away your house is from the equator, the steeper your solar panels need to be tilted to get the maximum amount of sunlight. Someone who lives in Arizona, for example, will have a different optimal tilt to their solar panels than someone who lives in Minnesota. 
  • The Season: The ideal angle for your solar panels is different depending on the season. Mainly, this is because during the winter the sun is much lower in the sky than in the summer. 
  • Your Roof Design: This factor isn’t one that you have much control over, unless you’re building a new home from scratch. Whether your roof is flat or angled, a solar technician can advise on the best solar panel alignment for you. 

What else affects your solar panels?

  • Roof pitch: The pitch of your roof refers to how steep the angles are. A flat roof has zero pitch, while angled roofs are all pitched, just at different steepness levels. 
  • Shade: If you have a lot of tree cover on your property, this will need to be considered when installing your solar panels. Ideally you want as little shade as possible, because sometimes trees and shrubs can get in the way. 
  • Property orientation: Some homes are north-facing, some are south-facing, and so on. You will have one part of your roof that is most suitable for solar panels, and the orientation of that part of the roof will determine the best angle for your solar system. 

For more information about solar panel alignment, or if you have any other solar panel installation questions, please visit us at:  http://greenhouse.solar/

Solar panel system installation: what to expect

If you’re considering installing a solar panel system at home, you may be wondering what happens during the installation process and what you can expect. More people are opting for home solar systems now because they want to break free from conventional energy, reduce their environmental footprint, and lower their monthly energy costs. 

In this article, we’ll discuss each step of the installation process from start to finish. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our team today – they’ll be happy to help.

Step #1: Install Solar Panel Mounts

The first step is installing solar panel mounts. These pieces are affixed to your roof, and then your solar panels are affixed to the mounts. Your solar installer will inspect your roof to determine what type of mounts will work best, and then they’ll place them in the ideal position for maximum sun exposure. While it’s true that solar panels generate energy on cloudy days, you want your solar panels to be in the best position possible to absorb as much sunlight as they can, hency why it’s so important to properly place the mounts. 

Step #2: Install the Solar Panels

Once the mounts are firmly in place, it’s time to attach the solar panels to the mounts. Your solar installer will ensure the panels are properly attached to the mounts and that they’re angled correctly. It’s important that your solar panels are securely affixed to the mounts.

Step #3: Wire the Solar Panels

After your solar panels have been secured to the mounts, you’ll need to install the electrical wiring. Turn off your home’s power supply before this step. 

Step #4: Install Solar Inverter and Consumer Unit

The solar inverter is a crucial part of the home solar system. It converts sunlight into the energy used to power your home. Solar inverters are usually placed near the main solar panel, and we recommend they be kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight. 

The solar inverter will need to be connected to the consumer unit, which is your fuse board, in order to generate electricity. 

Step #5: Start and Test Solar Panels

You’re now ready to turn your power back on and let your solar panels get to work. Once your home solar system is up and running you can install an app on your phone that allows you to monitor your electricity usage in real time.

To learn more about solar power and how our team can install a home solar system for you, please call us today or visit our website at: http://greenhouse.solar