How Much Sunlight Does My Home Need To Go Solar?
It’s true — solar energy is now a viable option for homeowners. And due to advances in solar panel efficiency, it is more than just viable; it’s smart. You may have seen solar panels on another home or business or heard stories about how a friend was able to eliminate most of their energy bill after making the move to solar for their Austin, San Antonio, TX, or Denver, CO home.
But as you know, there’s more to this “Cure for Power Grid Dependency” than just installing solar panels. It also takes a lot of sunlight! As you are considering what a solar photovoltaic (PV) system could mean for your home, you may be asking yourself, “how much sunlight does my home need to go solar?”
Going Solar: How Does Your Roof Stack Up?
When it comes to measuring how much energy a solar PV system will generate on your home, there are a lot of factors at play. The solar experts at CAM Solar will take a look at each contributing aspect of your home, which includes the following:
The direction and angle of your roof
The surface area of your roof
Any obtrusive shade in your area
The peak sunlight hours your home receives
The ideal roof is southern facing, is not shaded by trees or other obstructions during the day, and receives sufficient peak sunlight hours.
What do we mean by peak sunlight hours? It’s more than just the time the sun is in the sky. Peak sunlight hours refer to the amount of time the sun offers 1,000 watts of photovoltaic power per square meter. The more peak sunlight hours, the more energy your solar PV system can generate for your home.
Here Comes The Sun (But For How Long?)
Because the energy needs and sunshine climate are different for every home, there is no hard-and-fast rule for how many peak sun hours are absolutely necessary to make a solar electric system worth it. But to get the most out of your solar panels, a good number to look for when it comes to peak sunlight hours for your home is four.
Most of the United States (and the southern half of the contiguous states in particular) average between three and four peak sunlight hours a day. Though it can depend on the above factors for each home, if you live in Colorado or Texas, your home more than likely receives enough sunlight to reap the full benefits of a residential solar electric system.
Your Local Solar Experts
When it comes to hiring a solar contractor to install your solar electric system, you need an expert on the sunlight in your local area. If you are looking to start saving money on your energy bills and reducing your reliance on unpredictable energy prices and the power grid in San Antonio, Austin, or Denver, CAM Solar has the expertise you need. When you have questions about what solar power looks like for your home, rest easy when you call the professionals at CAM Solar.