Is Your Roof Suitable For Solar Panels?

Posted on November 12th, 2012 by
   

 

The majority of domestic home roofs are suitable for solar panels, because of the wealth of panels and installation options available in the marketplace today.

Ideally, the roof of your home should measure at least 2M x 2M to accommodate solar panels and make them work efficiently.

South facing roofs give the optimal performance when harnessing the sun’s energy, because panels will generate more energy this way and ultimately save you money. A south west, south or south east orientation will prove more financially beneficial to your household. However, solar panels are able to be installed on roofs facing any direction.

Considering your location is a factor, depending on the quality of light. Southern UK enjoys more sunshine and solar panels here prove very cost effective, however solar power systems can be erected in virtually any location and will work efficiently wherever they are placed. The world leader in solar energy is Germany, a country that endures harsh, snowy winters. Solar panels are proven to be effective in such climates, even benefiting from the reflection of light that takes place in snow.

The ideal pitch for your solar panels is somewhere between a 20 and 35 degree angle. Today, however, many panels are able to be installed on roofs that have a pitch of 15 to 50 degrees. Pitches over 50 degrees will mean a poorer performance by solar power. Even if you have a flat roof on your home, you can benefit from solar panels, but you must request planning permission first.

Roofs with less shadow on them will work more efficiently with solar energy. It is true that panels operate in cloudy weather, but your roof’s solar panels will simply generate more energy if your roof receives more light and less shade.

Finally, consider if the roof in question is actually yours. You should make sure you are the freeholder or that you are acting for them. The electricity for solar power must, currently, be sourced into a single fuse box, meaning that it cannot be split between apartments.

You do not need to worry about the weight of your solar panels, as modern PV products are not heavy and the weight is distributed evenly across the roof.

Once your solar panels are installed on your roof, they require very little maintenance and will be guaranteed for a number of years.

Article by Lenka Rihova, a media blogger who writes for SolarPanels.co.uk, a website which provides the latest information on solar power energy.

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