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Where is the ideal place to install solar panels?

Have you ever wondered which is the ideal place to install the solar panels of your photovoltaic system? Although it may not seem like it, it is an important question because it will directly influence its efficiency. That is why, in this post we show you how to place your solar panels to get the most out of them.

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What factors should you consider when choosing the location of solar panels?

There are a number of factors that will influence the efficiency of your solar panels:

  • Tilt of the solar panelsThe tilt of your solar panels will affect the amount of radiation they receive and therefore the energy they are able to generate. It is one of the factors that will most influence the performance of your installation.
  • Orientation of the solar panelsAlongside the tilt, the orientation of your solar panels is another decisive factor in the amount of energy they generate, as it defines how much radiation they are able to capture.
  • Location of the installationIt is not the same to install your solar panels in a clear area of your house and well exposed to the sun, as it is to install them in a secluded area where there is shade for many hours during the day. Therefore, the location can have a significant impact on the performance of your solar panels.
  • Climate and sunshine hoursDepending on the climate and the hours of sunshine in the region where you install your solar panels, they will produce more or less energy. Logically, in a rainy region with few hours of sunshine, your panels will produce less energy than in a more arid region with a lot of sunshine.
  • Installation spaceThe larger an installation is, the higher its yield will be, as the amount of solar panels that can be installed and their dimensions will also depend on the space available.
  • ObstaclesAny obstacle that prevents sunlight from reaching the panels will significantly affect their performance, especially if these obstacles cause the panels to be shaded for long periods of time each day. It is therefore recommended to place your panels in a completely unobstructed location.

Ideally, you should take these factors into account before considering an installation to ensure that you generate the maximum amount of energy with your panels.

Either way, when you hire specialists in the installation of solar panels for homesYou can count on them to find the best possible location for your solar panels.

Where is the best place to put a solar panel?

The roof of your house is the best place to place solar panels.They will be more exposed to sunlight and are much less likely to be shaded by obstacles. 

What is the best orientation for solar panels?

The best orientation for your solar panels is south, specifically, the azimuthal angle 180°.. With this orientation, your solar panels will have the ideal performance, as they will capture the maximum amount of sunlight, allowing them to make the most of the daylight hours you have.

Performance of solar panels depending on their orientation

Depending on the location of your solar panels, their performance can vary significantly:

  • South-facing solar panelsThis is the most effective orientation for your solar panels, allowing them to capture the maximum amount of radiation during all daylight hours.
  • North-facing solar panelsThis is the least recommended orientation of all, if your solar panels are facing north they will produce very little energy because they will capture less sunlight than in any other orientation.
  • East-facing solar panelsif your plates are facing east, they could produce between 1 and 3% less energy than in a more efficient orientation, but it is still a great option.
  • West-facing solar panelsas in the case of the east orientation, if your plates are facing west they will have an excellent performance, only 1 to 3% lower than other more efficient orientations.
  • East-west oriented solar panelsis an orientation that will give you optimal performance. Although it will capture less light in the middle of the day, it will compensate by producing more electricity in other hours of less light. As a result, it has a similar efficiency to the south orientation.

Tips for choosing the ideal location for your solar panels

Placing your solar panels in an optimal location will make the difference between a poor photovoltaic installation and an efficient one. If you want to make sure you make the right choice, consider these tips for defining the location of your solar panels:

  • Define beforehand how much electricity you will need to produceIf you know how much energy you need to produce, it will be easier to establish the type of installation you need and to choose a location that suits it.
  • Consider the space you have available for your installation.The space available for installation will have a direct impact on the performance of your PV system, so be sure to take this into account before deciding to install solar panels. This way, you will know how much space you will need, and you will be able to make the best choice for the final location of your PV system.
  • Determine the inclination and orientation of your panels in advance.The inclination and orientation will have a considerable influence on the performance of your solar panels. Don't leave this decision for later and instead make it beforehand to ensure that you can place them ideally in the location of your choice.
  • Get advice from specialists in the fieldThe best way to make sure you make the right decision is to rely on specialists in solar panel installations. In the end, a professional will know better than anyone how to position the solar panels on your home to get the best performance.

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