What Direction Should I Install My Solar Panels?

“What direction should I install my solar panels?” That is a common question among homeowners. The answer varies depending on how much you know about solar panels and what type you have. In other words, the correct answer will depend on your level of knowledge. This article briefly discusses the direction in which to install solar panels so that you can make an informed decision.

First of all, the direction in which to install your solar panels is dependent on where you live. For example, if you live in a sunny area then the panels need to face west or northwest in order to receive maximum exposure to the sun’s rays. If you live in a rainy, cold, or cloudy area then the panels would need to face south or east in order to receive adequate amounts of sunlight. Knowing what your location is going to be ahead of time will save you a lot of time and frustration trying to figure out where to place your panels once they are on your roof.

Knowing what direction you want to install your solar panels also depends on what type of solar panels you purchase. If you purchase a do it yourself kit then you will have a little more freedom but generally, they will follow the same direction. If you purchase a professional solar panel then you may have more flexibility but most likely the directions will still be pretty much the same. Most professional solar panels are easy to install however if you are making the purchase from a store you will most likely get a salesperson to take you through the process. If you have a friend or relative that has already purchased a solar panel then that is a good resource for getting direction. Make sure that it’s installed in such a way that it will collect the maximum amount of sunlight. If you live in a windy area then installing your solar panels at an angle may be a wise move as well. If you live in a sunny location then solar panels that are installed straight on will collect the most rays.

These are just some of the factors that you should consider when thinking about installing your solar panels. They are important and very important to your success but they are not all the information that you will need. When you get a good book or manual on solar panels, you will have all of the information that you will ever need to know and understand how solar panels work. Contact us for more solar panel information.


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