Years ago, when we were asked, “What’s the best direction for solar panels to be pointed?” when living in the Northern Hemisphere, the answer was always the south direction. This is because the sun shines directly over the equator most of the time, and so south-facing solar panels have more of an opportunity to collect more sunlight and generate more solar energy.

However every house has a different orientation to the sun, so every solar installation presents its own opportunities and challenges. The trick is to install the solar panels in a way that not only collects the most sunlight but collects it in a way that strategically helps the homeowner save on their electricity bills.

South-facing solar panels have another advantage for homes that have access to net metering, which allows homeowners to get reimbursed for power they send back to the electrical grid. South-facing solar panel orientation collects the most energy around mid-day when there’s lots of sun. But that’s also when the home’s consumption is typically lowest because everyone’s off to work, school, etc. That means there’s lots of solar-generated power left to go back to the utility.

But not all homes have a southern orientation, and –at Love Solar we know- even if they did there are plenty of other variables that can affect which direction solar panels should face.

Our team at Love Solar will first survey your home for any obstacles – like trees, chimneys, power lines or taller buildings – that could potentially block sunlight from reaching your solar panels. A home facing a less-than-optimal direction or sun-blocking obstacles can still produce plenty of solar power, but it may take more solar panels than a roof with a great orientation and no obstacles at all.

At Love Solar we are also up to date on local rules and regulations that can have a big impact on solar panel direction. These regulations might affect a homeowner’s ability to take advantage of net metering, among other things.

Placing solar panels around all the obstructions on a roof can be complex, but at Love Solar we make it simple. We have the experience and technology to make it happen and make the process seem seamless for you. So now matter which direction your home faces you can feel confident that you’re getting the most out of your solar panels.