Why Would Solar Panels on the North Side of My Roof be Less Efficient?

Adding solar panels to your South Central Texas home can be a great way to significantly reduce your home’s environmental impact while enjoying savings on your utility bill. To maximize the amount of energy you collect while minimizing the impact on your property, many homeowners opt to install their solar panels from GVEC on their home’s roof. While this is a good option, it’s important to note that not all roofs are created equal when it comes to energy collection potential.

What Is An Ideal Solar Panel Orientation?

Although the sun likely illuminates all of the sections of your home during a typical sunny day, there are some sections that receive more solar energy than others. In the Guadalupe Valley region, the portion that receives the most sun exposure is usually the portion facing south, making this the ideal location to install solar panels. South-facing solar panels can receive more sunlight due to your home’s orientation to the equator. Since the earth is tilted on its axis, the angle at which the sun strikes your home is more direct on the south side.

What About A North-Facing Roof

If your roof is constructed in such a way that it has minimal south-facing areas, you may still be able to take advantage of solar power by installing the panels on east-facing or west-facing areas.

Are There Alternatives?

If you have a north-facing roof, you still have options. A common alternative for homeowners is to install ground- or pole-mounted solar panels. This option provides the benefits of utilizing renewable solar energy without having to worry about the limitations of your north-facing roof.

Overcoming Challenges

At [GVEC], we fully understand the challenges of installing solar panels on an older home. Fortunately, our experienced technicians have the skills to overcome these challenges to help you achieve your dream of going solar. That’s why we consistently receive five-star reviews and maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. For more information on switching to solar power, contact us today. We have offices in Cuero, Gonzales, La Vernia, Seguin and Schertz, and we also offer AC/heating, internet, and electrician services.