If you’ve decided that it’s now time to get some Solar PV panels on your roof, the next question you’re probably asking yourself is where is the best place to install my Solar panels?
The positioning of Solar panels on your roof is crucial to ensuring you can reap the maximum benefit from your Solar PV System for many years to come. The best analogy we like to use, is to think of your Solar panels as a plant – IT NEEDS SUNLIGHT TO…well not grow, but save you a hell of a lot of money. To get the best return on investment by maximising your Solar systems production, the best direction to install your Solar panels would be on the North facing sections of your roof. By doing this your panels will catch the morning sun as it rises from the east all the way through to sunset, in the west.
If you haven’t got a North facing roof to install your new panels on, don’t stress. If your roof line runs from North to South, meaning you only have slopes towards the East and West, then this will work as the next best solution to having an entirely North facing PV Solar array.
Splitting your solar system between the East and West will also give you high production of free Solar energy from the sun, as your Solar panels will be absorbing light from the East in the morning as well as the west in the afternoon. Your electricity consumption habits should also be considered.
For example, many families use most of their power in the afternoon, after work or once the kids are back from school. If this is the case in your home, then it would be best to have a few more Solar panels on your Western roof than the East, which will result in more electricity generation from your Solar PV System in the afternoon when you need it most.
We strongly advise against ever installing solar panels on South facing roofs, as this would impact the efficiency and output of your solar panel system quite heavily. It is also against industry ethical practice for any Solar company to even recommend this to clients, and if done so, your system may not even produce anything at all in the winter months.
No two Solar system installations are ever the same, there are many variables involved that differ from job to job, ranging from roof aspects to household electrical consumption patterns. Our Solar consultants will always take these factors into consideration when issuing you with your customised solar quote.
“We strongly advise against ever installing solar panels on South facing roofs”
Using state of the art satellite imagery allows us to conduct a shading analysis of your roof, as well as identify where the best place will be to install Solar PV panels on your home. We also offer free home consultations and shading assessments should you require one prior to having your new Solar PV system installed.