Which di­rec­tion do your pan­els face?

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

THERE are a lot of things to con­sider when in­vest­ing in so­lar en­ergy sys­tems.

As well as com­par­ing prices and ef­fi­ciency, it’s also im­por­tant to make sure your so­lar pan­els are fac­ing the right di­rec­tion.

Af­ter all, so­lar en­ergy re­lies on the sun, and a mis­led place­ment de­ci­sion could af­fect your over­all en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Ac­cord­ing to ad­vice web­site So­lar Power Rocks, all so­lar pan­els in Aus­tralia should be fac­ing north.

Though this is a rel­a­tively straight-for­ward an­swer, un­for­tu­nately it’s not al­ways that sim­ple.

With mod­ern de­signs tak­ing artis­tic spins, some houses might have the is­sue of not hav­ing a north-fac­ing roof.

If you want to keep your so­lar pan­els look­ing sleek on your roof, then you al­ways have the op­tion to in­crease the num­ber of so­lar pan­els you have.

More so­lar pan­els will be able to col­lect more so­lar en­ergy, and there­fore will rel­a­tively solve the is­sue of a non-north fac­ing roof.

How­ever, this is a more ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion, as while over­com­pen­sat­ing for the di­rec­tion, you will spend more than a nor­mal north-fac­ing set up.

When con­sid­er­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, pur­chas­ing more so­lar pan­els to equal north-fac­ing so­lar ef­fi­ciency is also a neg­a­tive, as buy­ing more pan­els to be used in­ef­fi­ciently would be a waste.

If you’re open to a less-tra­di­tional look, So­lar Power Rocks spe­cial­ists state that for an ex­tra cost, you can al­ways mount your so­lar pan­els on your roof, so that they face a north­ern di­rec­tion.

Oth­er­wise, you’re al­ways able to solve the is­sue by putting your pan­els on an en­tirely dif­fer­ent north-fac­ing lo­ca­tion on your prop­erty.

PHOTO: POWER SAV­ING CEN­TRE

A mis­led place­ment de­ci­sion could af­fect your over­all so­lar en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

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