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What Is the Best Direction for Solar Panels to Face?

Aug 20, 2020

The best direction for solar panels to face will depend on your location and on your energy goals. Some of the factors to consider when placing solar panels include latitude, amount of sun exposure, and the orientation of the roof. If you have a flat roof or install a ground array, you’ll be able to harness even more solar power by facing the panels in the ideal direction. The experts at Energy Saving Pros in Sacramento will calculate the perfect orientation for your solar panels, to ensure that you get the most out of your solar array.

What is the best direction for solar panels to face?

Photovoltaic panels convert sunlight directly into electricity, so the more sun they can soak up, the better. Solar panels harness the most power when the sun strikes them perpendicularly. Precise placement optimizes efficiency and solar energy production year-round. Our experts will calculate the best angle and the appropriate tilt for your solar panels based on the exposure, latitude, and meteorological conditions at your site. 

Advantages of South-Facing Solar Panels

In the northern hemisphere, south-facing solar panels will generally get the most sun. However, solar panels should be facing geographic or “true” south, rather than magnetic south. Solar panels facing south will generate more energy throughout the course of the day, but peak production does not always coincide with peak usage.

Advantages of West-Facing Solar Panels

Solar panels facing west will generate more energy later in the day, closer to peak use times. Peak production time happens around 4pm, which is about the same time that household usage starts to increase. If your aim is to produce the electricity that you use, then west-facing solar panels can help you meet your goal.

Advantages of Ground Mount Solar Panels

At Energy Saving Pros, we specialize in designing ground mount solar power systems. Ground mount systems have far fewer placement restrictions compared to rooftop installations, so it’s much easier to position them facing in the ideal direction. From large scale agricultural projects to modest residential arrays, ground mounts are the most versatile solar solution. 

Solar Panel Installation with Energy Saving Pros

We provide solar power solutions for all types residential, commercial, educational, municipal, industrial, and agricultural facilities. Our solar power experts can design solar energy systems of any size for any location. With optimal positioning, your new solar panel installation will operate at peak performance and maximize energy production all year round. 

Contact Us

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels, request a free quote from us. We will find the best direction for your solar panels, and help you start saving on your energy bills. Whatever your goals might be, Energy Saving Pros in Northern California can help you take the next steps toward energy independence. From pre-engineering and permits to installation and inspection, we’ll be with you all the way. 

 

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