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Can Shade Impact My Solar Panel Output?

Can Shade Impact My Solar Panel Output?

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Is the roof of your house positioned in a particular shady spot, perhaps under a tree or shaded by a neighbouring building? If so, you might be worried about how this will impact your solar panel output or wonder if it’s worth getting them at all. The good news is that solar panels can still work in the shade and there are things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of them. While solar panels work best when there is no shade, there are ways to mitigate the effect.

Position the panels correctly

Your installer will consider the extent of your shading issues and position the panels so that they get the most out of where they are. You’ll be surprised at how much the positioning of the solar panels will help. Remember to consider the trees around your property and how long you plan on living there. Solar panels last a long time, which gives the trees enough time to grow and create more shade.

Trim the trees

If trees are causing a problem with shading over your roof, then you might want to consider getting them trimmed every few months so that the shade doesn’t get worse over time. The cost of getting the trees trimmed will be worth it by the money you are saving through your solar system.

Maintain your solar system

To get the most out of your solar system, it’s important to keep your solar panels free from debris. Thankfully, it’s not much work. And if it’s not too high, a simple leaf blower or a garden hose should do the trick. Regular inspections and occasional gentle cleaning can ensure optimal efficiency and longevity. To learn more about how to best maintain your solar panels, click here.

Use a string inverter that has MPP Tracking capability

Most inverters these days come with MPPT – Maximum Power Point Tracking. This allows the inverter to get the most energy possible out of the solar panels, even if they are somewhere that is shaded. When some of the panels are in the shade, the tracker will reduce the amount of electricity lost. Without an MPPT, inverters lose the output one it passes below the required output threshold.

Use microinverters or power optimisers

Microinverters and power optimisers enable individual solar panels within a system to function autonomously. This ensures that the overall energy production of the system isn’t significantly hampered by shaded panels. While this solution comes at a higher cost compared to a standard system, it’s a worthwhile investment primarily in scenarios where shading poses a significant challenge.

These days, solar panels are created with shade issues in mind, and the advanced technology is making sure that you’re always still getting the most out of your panels. Speak to your installer if you are worried about your roof having too much shade and they’ll provide the best solutions for you.

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