If you’ve ever thought about installing a solar system, you’re going to wonder if your house is a good match. You could be wondering if a PV system is cost-effective, if your roof is ideal, and a variety of other concerns.

There are some elements of solar to investigate that will assist you in determining whether your home is a contender for this type of renewable energy. Solar energy technology has progressed significantly, and both residential and business solar installations are now suitable for the majority of households and workplaces, particularly in Australia, where there are now close to 3 million systems installed.

There are numerous benefits to using solar panels with more and more people contributing to sustainable energy and limiting the use of fossil fuels while saving money for their homes and businesses. However, before you embark on your renewable energy path, you should consider your property’s practicability for a solar system prior to committing.

The first aspect of a person’s home or business that should be considered when buying a solar system is their roof angle. Important observations to be considered is the type and size of your roof. The angle at which your panels are positioned on your roof will eventually impact how much electricity you get from them. Because standard roof pitches in Australia are 18° or 22.5°, your solar installers will most likely attach your panels at this angle.

The ideal angles for rooftop solar on your roof

The best roof angle is determined by your geographical position. The lesser your latitude, wherever you may be, the greater the sun would be in the sky, and your latitude must be set at the very same angle as your solar panels. A north-facing roof is preferred for just about any type of solar system installation, as a  north-facing roof will receive the most sunlight. If your roof faces east or west, don’t worry, a solar system can still be installed on an east or west-facing roof, and still provide significant benefits.

How does shade effects your solar performance?

Another important aspect that should be taken into consideration is roof shading. Shaded sections on your roof will reduce the effectiveness of your solar panels. Investigate your roof and see if there are any large, shaded locations on it. There could be vegetation or other residences shading areas of your roof, causing a problem with your solar panel system.

Trees that are shading your roof should be trimmed or even removed if at all possible. An experienced installer will be able to recommend ways to resolve shaded roof areas by trying to install the panels on more relevant sections of your roof, away from the obvious shaded areas. If this is not possible there are optimised solutions available such as SolarEdge or Enphase using Microinverters.

Replenishable Energy uses both of these solutions and can advise you about the best available options to still get a great outcome on a roof with some shade. Insist on a site visit from Replenishable Energy, your local, family installers to insure your house and switchboard are suitable for solar and the system that is installed is not only fit for today but also designed for tomorrow when batteries and EV charging will be part of your solar system.