Installing Solar Panels – Where Do They Go?

As Australian residents and businesses continue to move towards more sustainable energy practices, the question many ask is where solar panels should go. There are several things that homeowners, organisations, and technicians must consider – let’s explore three of these factors.

Available Space

The installation technician responsible for setting up your PV system will need to take a look at how much space your home has available for solar panels. On a roof mounted system, space is often limited, and the design of panels will need to be adjusted so that they can fit onto the building. Ground mounted systems can also be limited, as the amount of panels and their design will depend on the space you have in your backyard as well as how many panels are needed to collect the energy your home requires.

There are ways that technicians can balance solar panels and minimise the amount of energy lost due to inefficient designs, but this is often more expensive and will require a mix of different equipment to make sure that energy yields are optimised.

Shading

Shading is another consideration that homeowners and businesses will need to make note of before getting panels installed. Solar panels need to exposure to UV light in order to produce the highest yields of energy for your home. When a PV system is obstructed due to shading near the panels, the home will not generate as much energy and efficiency is reduced.

When designing solar systems, nearby trees, homes, and even chimneys will need to be taken into account so that they do not cause energy losses. It’s important to work with qualified professionals during this stage, as these experts know what to look out for and can design a solar system plan that is highly efficient and loses as little energy as possible to near-shading.

Orientation & Inclination

The sun’s orientation is easily tracked throughout the year, so it is essential to know how much sunlight panels will receive when they’re placed. In general, homes in the Northern Hemisphere will have panels that face south while residents in the Southern Hemisphere may have panels placed facing north. In general, solar panels on Tasmania homes should be installed in the best possible area on the roof or on the ground. Ground mounted systems may be considered when the roof is not in the ideal position for solar panels.

Inclination, or the tilt of solar panels, is another important consideration that must be taken into account. When installing panels on roofs, the angle is limited, and panels may not be able to tilt in the optimum position to get the maximum energy yield. Ground mounted panels can be configured to any angle, so homeowners can increase energy yield.

When you’re considering adding solar panels to Tasmania homes, one of the most important factors is where panels will be placed. To figure this out, you will need to assess the amount of space available for panels, shading, and the inclination and orientation of panels. Using this information, homeowners can make the best choice in regard to their solar energy needs.