What type of homes are typically suited for solar panels?
typically solar panels are installed on single-family homes that have a tilted roof with south-facing exposure. Rooftops that have an adequate amount of roof space that is not completely covered in shade are also the typical candidates for solar. If your home does not have full southern exposure, East or West installations are definitely an option and the output of electricity will be calculated accordingly. The preference will always be to install the panels on the side of the house with the most southern exposure, but with the high-efficiency panels we use, other options are available.
What if my roof is partly shaded?
The shade will reduce the amount of kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity that your home will produce. Before 2011, a partly shaded roof would mean your entire solar system produced less electricity because of the string inverter technology where all of your panels’ production was connected in a string (click here to learn more about the difference between microinverters and string inverters). Since 2011 Microinverters became the best technology for a solar system because now each panel can produce individually and one panels lack of production does not affect the production of the entire system. This means that if part of your roof is shaded then solar is definitely still a great option for you because of the technology of microinverters.
How much space do I need on my roof?
When dealing with how much roof space is needed for your solar system, it all depends on how much electricity your home will need to produce. The less electricity you will need the less amount of solar panels you will need to have installed on your roof. Having a custom consultation done to find out the right amount of roof space is extremely beneficial to find out how efficient your home will be for solar panels.
Contact an Everlight Solar consultant to for a free inspection to determine if solar power makes sense for your home.