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Getting the Most Out of your Solar System's Energy Production

By Hannah Buckley

Installing solar panels onto your home’s roof is a great way to offset expensive energy
bills while investing in renewable and green technology. To get the most out of your solar panel
system’s energy production, there are several things that a homeowner should keep in mind.

1. Solar panels should be installed where they will receive the most amount of light for
the longest time. Rooftops are an ideal location because they are not often shaded by
trees. Installing a solar panel system on the ground is also an option, as long as it is in an
area exposed to plenty of sunlight, such as an open field.

2. In an ideal situation, solar panels should be facing south (if you’re in the Northern
hemisphere). As the sun rises and sets, panels facing the south will always be facing the
sun throughout the day because the sun is always in the southern part of the sky. Even if
your solar panels don’t face south, they will still generate electricity.

3. Be aware of the angle of the solar panels. According to EnergySage, setting solar panels
with a tilt of 30 degrees is the optimal angle for electricity production when the panels
are facing south.

4. Solar panels work in any state. Solar panels will still generate electricity even if it is
cloudy, just not as much as a sunny day. If solar panels are installed on a home that
experiences winter weather, the homeowner may have to clear snow off of the solar
panels in order to keep them working efficiently.

5. Because solar panels are a long-lasting investment, your roof must be in good shape if
you choose to install the panels there. If your roof needs to be replaced, do so before
the installation of the panels so that they don’t have to be removed in the future to
replace the roof.

Even if your location does not meet all of these suggestions, your home still may be a good
fit for a solar panel system. Generating electricity with solar panels is a great way to practice
sustainability in your everyday life.


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