With higher energy prices, and more working-from-home, many of us are eager to find ways to curb our energy bills.
So, it’s no surprise that the number of solar panel installations has skyrocketed, but many of us are still asking the question: when do solar panels work best?
Obviously, solar panels don’t work well inside your garage or in the shade, but there’s more to it than just “put solar panels in the sun”.
In this blog, Melbourne’s most popular solar panel supplier, Sunstainable, will give you a quick overview of how to get the most out of solar panel installation Melbourne wide.
Capture the Afternoon Sun
Solar cells, also called photovoltaic cells, convert the sun’s energy into electricity. However, for maximum power generation, solar panels rely on direct sunlight and the angle of the sun rays as they hit the solar modules.
Ideally, the sun’s rays hit your solar panels at a right angle, usually between 11am and 4pm when the sun is at its highest.
Ensuring that your solar panels are positioned to take advantage of these peak sun hours is the first step to getting the most out of your solar panels.
Follow the Sunshine
If your roof isn’t ideally positioned to capture all the afternoon sun, all is not lost! Sun tracking solar panel mounts can be used to help your solar panels follow the sun, which means you also get to make the most of a sunny day in terms of your energy generation and use.
The benefits of sun tracking solar panels are manifold: they work well for solar panels installed on the ground, you’ll see an energy gain of between 25 to 50%, and in most cases, they will enable you to install solar panels, even on a property or rooftop that is not ideally positioned.
For the rest of us, solar panels need to be positioned facing North to be a workable source of energy. Thankfully, most pitched roofs will have an appropriate surface and the mounts can be pitched to provide your panels with the sunniest angle.
Pick the Right Number
The number of solar panels you get installed plays a huge role in your sun power generation. Thankfully, you can calculate how many solar panels you will need based on their sun exposure.
On average, a standard Australian household consumes around 18 Kilowatt (KW) per day or 6570 KW per hour.
A consultation with one of our Sunstainable experts will help you decipher how much sun power you want to generate per day and how many solar panels it will take to do the job.
You can help the process along by first assessing how much energy you use per day, and then comparing that energy expenditure against your expectations of solar panels.
It may help to know that one solar panel can produce around 1,000 W /m2 during peak sun hours, which works out at around 300 watts per hour. That said, a great deal depends on the panel size and manufacturer. When it comes to solar panel systems, you get what you pay for.
Finally, you’re going to get a lot more bang for your buck if you invest in a solar battery as well. As we all know, some days are sunnier than others, but solar batteries enable you to store excess energy for a rainy day. If you’re looking for continuous solar energy to power up your home, then a solar battery is the way to go.
Sun Power Your Home Today
Sunstainable have been supplying and installing solar panel systems and batteries for over 10 years.
We come recommended by Melbourne households for our speedy installations, friendly and helpful customer support, quality product range and trustworthy advice.
We work closely with residential and commercial property owners to deliver solar power systems that meet their needs. Talk to our team to get sun powered today.