How Do Trees and Shading Affect Solar Panel Power Production

If you have trees or obstructions that are causing extra shade on your roof, you could be cheating yourself out of energy with your solar panels. Proper shading is an important design consideration as having overhangs and continuous blockages of sun can often lead to massive production variants from your solar panels.

One of the easiest solutions to making sure that trees and shading are not going to affect your solar system is to clear away items that could potentially block your solar power systems on the roof. Doing a quick inspection and trimming back any of the overhangs of brush along your roof or placing your solar panels in such a way that they can get more sunlight away from other obstructions, remains important.

Many solar panel installation professionals can also provide a sheeting analysis using tools on your roof. By installing a sensor on your roof, the amount of shade that the area typically gets will be inspected and it will become much easier for you to determine if you are going to require an adjustment to your solar panels. The exact care critics of your installation can be optimized by taking a look at your roof pitch and the areas around your home.

In some cases, a detailed model of your home can be used with shade analysis and computer models. By rotating a virtual sun around your home and choosing the time of year, it can be possible to simulate the optimal angles and installation patterns for your solar cells. This type of analysis can often be well worth it with the extra efficiency improvements that you can see in your solar power.

If you are considering installing solar panels or is been some time since you have inspected your solar panels for efficiency, make sure that your shading is not a factor for your solar energy needs.

This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is one of the premier Tampa solar companies! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!