Is Your Home’s Roof Made for Solar?


So, you’ve begun your solar journey or are contemplating it, and questions may be swirling in your mind. Solar power has undoubtedly taken the spotlight as the world moves towards sustainable energy sources. Solar panels are now a common sight on rooftops. However, there’s a key aspect that you may need to know: the orientation of your roof. How important is your roof’s orientation when it comes to generating solar power?

Which Way Panels Should Face

The first thing to consider is the optimal direction for your solar panels to face. This choice plays a pivotal role in the efficiency of your solar system, as it directly influences how much sunlight your panels can capture throughout the day. Here’s a breakdown of different panel orientations:

East-Facing Panels: East-facing panels capture morning sunlight, which can be beneficial for certain energy needs and may work well in areas with specific electricity demand patterns. However, they may experience reduced energy production in the afternoon.

West-Facing Panels: West-facing panels capture afternoon sunlight and can align with peak electricity demand hours. Nevertheless, they might have reduced energy production in the morning.

North-Facing Panels: North-facing panels may still generate some energy, albeit less efficiently. They are suitable for regions near the equator but are generally the least efficient orientation in most locations. 

South-Facing Panels: South-facing panels offer maximum exposure to sunlight throughout the day, making them ideal for maximizing energy production in most regions. These panels receive the most production because they directly face the sun’s path as it moves across the sky during the day. This orientation allows them to capture sunlight for the longest duration. At Independent Energy, we prioritize the installation of south-facing panels, however if you cannot get that at your own home, that doesn’t mean your solar journey should be over! In cases where south-facing panels aren’t feasible, don’t despair. Solar panels can still provide value even with less than ideal orientations.

Roof Types and Their Impact

Different roof types can influence solar panel installation. There are flat roofs, sloped roofs, and various roofing materials need to be factored in. Depending on your roof type, additional equipment or precautions may be necessary.

Here at Independent Energy our most common solar installation is on asphalt shingle roofs. As long as your roof is in good condition, we’re ready to proceed with your solar solution. 

Additionally, we have expertise in providing solar solutions for metal roofs, tile roofs, and flat roofs. Whatever your roofing type may be, we will most likely have the right solution to harness solar energy efficiently. Don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll help you find the perfect solar solution for your specific needs.

Roof Pitch

Roof pitch, the angle at which your roof slopes, is another critical factor in solar panel installation. It affects panel orientation and energy production. Understanding how to calculate and adapt to different roof pitches is essential to maximize solar panel efficiency.

Room at the Top of the Roof

Ensuring adequate space for solar panels is vital. Obstacles like chimneys, vents, and skylights may interfere with panel placement. Solutions and tips for accommodating these obstacles while maintaining optimal orientation would be taken into account during the installation process.

Optimizing your roof’s orientation for solar panels can significantly impact energy generation and, in turn, your financial and environmental benefits. While south-facing panels are ideal, alternative orientations and angles can still provide substantial value. By understanding your specific circumstances, roof type, and geographic location, you can make informed decisions. 

Ready to harness the power of the sun and maximize your roof for solar? Contact Independent Energy today for a personalized consultation!

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Status: The program is capped at 50 megawatts (MW), as of right now we are at 6.2 MW.

  • Currently customers who are accepted into the program will receive $850 per kilowatt (kW).
  • After the first 15 MW is filled, the next 15 MW of committed capacity will receive $750 per kW.
  • After the next 15 MW is used the last 20 MW of committed capacity will receive $500 per kW.

Customers that are not currently enrolled in the company’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program will receive a fixed monthly bill credit for energy exported to the grid for three years. The credit is an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for electricity exported during the two-hour period. After these three years are completed any underlying interconnection tariff export rates, if any, will apply.

Customers who wish to participate with an existing solar system and are presently enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, and Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer’s battery.

If you would like to add more than 5 kW of additional capacity of PV, it is possible as long as you still adhere to a 2:1 PV to battery output ratio. These apply to any interconnection tariff customers!


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