Solar PV: check whether it's suitable for your house
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 18 October 2010 at 2:10 pm
With the feed-in tariff, solar PV panels are more accessible than they have ever been, but you still need to make sure you've got a suitable site before you install them. In this video, Stuart Houghton of Abacus Renewable Energy talks through the key things to check:
If you prefer to read, here's the summary:
1. A predominantly south facing roof, although south east to south west is fine.
2. From flat roof to 45 degree angle is OK. Optimum in the south west is 38 degrees. The steeper the roof, the better it is in winter. Shallower is better in summer.
3. Shading can significantly reduce the output. What you don't want is something that is shading any part of the panel permanently all day.
If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below.
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