How many solar panels do I need to power my house?
If you've considered solar, you've probably wondered, "how many solar panels do I need to power my house?" And the answer is… it depends. The number of panels needed for your home may be completely different than the number needed for your neighbor's home, even if both homes are the same size. Let us explain.
To start calculating how many solar panels you need to power your house, we want to know how much energy you use annually. We do this by looking at your past electric bills. As a rule of thumb, the more energy you use, the more solar panels you will need installed. So even if two homes are the exact same size, the home with two residents and a $50 electric bill will probably require fewer panels than the home with four residents and a $300 electric bill.
We also consider sun exposure to calculate the number of solar panels you need. The number of sun hours your roof gets each day depends on your location, layout and orientation of your roof, and the time of year it is. It's likely that if you live in an area with a lot of sunshine, your roof probably gets enough sun each day that you only need a few solar panels for your home. On the other hand, if you live in an overcast climate, you may need more solar panels to generate the same amount of power.
Once we have a clear understanding of your energy usage and potential sun hours, our home solar sizing objective is to design a system that can meet your energy needs based on how you purchase power from your utility, how you want the system to look, and how much energy you want it to produce.
Of course, there are some constraints that can affect your system design. These may include:
- Roof space: Homeowner doesn't have enough roof space for the number of panels recommended
- Electrical limitations: Homeowner doesn't have enough backfeed capacity for a larger system and doesn't want to upgrade their electrical panel
- Solar access: Too much shading on homeowner's roof that prevents the panels from producing enough energy
- Aesthetics: Homeowner doesn't want panels on the front of their home
When it comes to constraints, don't worry -- our team of experts can suggest solutions or alternatives for most of these issues.
The best way to find out how many solar panels you need to power your house is with a free consultation. To get started, call us or fill out a quick form. We'll look at your energy usage and sun exposure to give you an estimate, free of charge.
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