2) Will it work Here?
- Is my site free from shading?
- Is Snow an issue?
- Will Hail damage solar modules?
- Is the slope or angle of the roof important?
- Do I need a south facing roof?
- Will the PV mounting system damage my roof?
Is my site free from shading?
Determining how much shade a potential site has is one of the first considerations in determining if your home or business is in a good location for a solar PV. Shading or shadows can significantly reduce the amount of power that your system generates.
The site should have clear unobstructed access to the sun for most of the day. Telephone poles, power lines, buildings, chimneys, vent stacks, other modules, and trees can create shading issues. We can map the sun’s path for you to determine which obstacles might cause problems. Obstacles that don’t shade the site at one time of the year may create shading at other times due to the continually changing position of the sun.
Shading is a big issue at my location! What can I do?
Consider purchasing Energy Segments!
The optimal orientation for a PV system is south facing; however, sites with an east or west facing are also adequate. Flat roofs or ground mounted systems work well as they allow the array to be tilted towards the south at the optimal angle.
PV systems can also be mounted to structures to create shade over parking lots, patios, windows, and other areas.
It may be advisable to ask your neighbours if they plan to plant trees or build structures next to your property. Expressing your concerns that, i.e. small trees can grow very quickly and create a shading problem for your new solar array, may be worth your time and effort.
Easements and restrictive covenants are legal documents, that can be used with a certain level of security, to provide unobstructed sunlight in the future.
For questions or comments on the “Is my site free from shading? ” section please send us an email to: CustomerService@ensegs.com