The Factors that Affect Solar Panel Efficiency

For individuals interested in installing solar panels, the number one concern is typically whether or not the panels will provide enough power to meet their energy needs. To help consumers, solar panels on the market today have been given efficiency ratings based on their ability to turn sunlight into electricity. These ratings allow an accurate assessment for selecting panels of the size and efficiency level that is necessary for your space.

While efficiency of the panels themselves is one of the most important factors in regards to the amount of power a building receives, there are other elements that can have an effect. For this reason, it’s important to work with solar experts to ensure that you receive the highest quality solar power for your home.

The following is a list of factors that can affect the efficiency levels of solar panels:

  • Panel Orientation. Homes with south facing roofs are the best candidates for solar panel installation. While these homes receive the most solar power naturally, homes with roofs facing other directions can receive power of the same quality by making tweaks to the panel design.
  • Roof Tilt. The roof tilt directly affects the amount of time your solar panels have to receive sunlight each day, meaning some roofs have higher efficiency levels than others.
  • Temperature. To make sure solar panels don’t overheat, it’s essential that the panels be installed a few inches above the roof. This allows air to flow through the extra space, cooling the panels in the heat of the sun.
  • Shade. Solar panels should never be installed in shaded areas. With shade, even a small amount on a panel, you run the risk of the entire operation malfunctioning.

By working with a solar energy professional, you can receive a well-designed solar panel system with maximum efficiency for your home. This month, G&S Electric is offering a special on solar efficiency reviews, which will identify cost effective energy solutions both big and small. For more information, please contact G&S Electric today.

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