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Understanding Your Solar Energy Needs

Discover the Perfect Solar System for Your Home 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗗𝗼 𝗜 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱?

Among the top questions homeowners have about solar is, "How many solar panels do I need?" Every home has unique requirements for its solar system. To determine the ideal number of solar panels for your home, several factors must be considered.

Let's explore the key factors involved:

  1. Your home's electricity usage 

  2. Roof characteristics 

  3. Amount of available sunshine 

  4. Type of solar panels 

  5.  Energy goals 

  6.  Solar battery storage options


Calculate the perfect solar panel quantity for your home. Contact us for expert guidance and a customized solar solution.

Factor #1: Your Home's Electricity Use 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗠𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗼 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗨𝘀𝗲?

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Understanding your electricity consumption is crucial in determining the number of solar panels your home requires. Not all homes have the same energy usage. Factors like TV usage, heating, cooling, and appliance wattage contribute to your monthly electric bill. By assessing your regular energy usage (measured in kilowatt-hours), you can determine the ideal solar panel quantity.

Not sure about your wattage? No problem. Refer to your latest electric bill for the "Kilowatt Hours (kWh) Used" section, which reflects the amount consumed during the billing cycle. Alternatively, subtract the beginning meter reading from the end reading. If you have an electric vehicle or plan to purchase one, consider its impact on energy consumption when calculating your solar panel needs.

Our Solar Energy Specialists are here to help you navigate your electric bill and provide expert guidance. Contact us today. 

Factor #2: Your Roof 𝗨𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗥𝗼𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹𝘀

The number of solar panels you'll need is influenced by your rooftop. Solar panels are installed on your roof, so factors like available space play a vital role.

An ideal scenario is a roof with sufficient space and an east-west ridgeline, free from obstructions such as trees or buildings. This optimal setup allows panels to capture maximum sunlight and generate more energy.

If your rooftop has limited space, smaller, high-efficiency panels are available to meet your energy needs.

Consider the age of your roof as well. If it requires replacement soon, it can be advantageous to install new roofing and solar panels simultaneously. Our affiliated roofing company, Buildpro, specializes in quality and affordable roofing solutions that seamlessly integrate with solar systems. Discover the benefits of choosing a solar and roofing company in one.

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Factor #3: Amount of Sunlight Your Home Gets 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗮

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The amount of sunlight your roof receives daily is a critical factor in determining the number of solar panels your home requires. The duration of peak sunlight directly impacts your solar energy system's energy production.

To understand the sunlight availability based on your location in the U.S., refer to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) resource. While regions like the Southwest enjoy more sunlight, solar panels still function effectively on cloudy days and even in snowy conditions.

On average, a home receiving around five peak sunlight hours per day and using approximately 900 kWh/month would need approximately 6,000 watts of solar power. The number of panels needed depends on panel type. Don't worry about the calculations—schedule an appointment with our Solar Energy Specialist, who will guide you through the process.

Factor #4: Type of Panel 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝘆𝗽𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹𝘀

Not all solar panels are created equal. The type of solar panels installed on your home directly impacts the power output of your solar energy system.

Here's what you need to know: wattage and efficiency play a crucial role in determining power generation. Higher wattage and efficiency result in greater output for your home.

For example, if your home requires 6,000 watts of solar energy per month, the number of solar panels needed depends on their power output rating. Most panels range from 250 to 400 watts. With panels rated at 250W, you would need 24 panels to fulfill your home's energy needs. Alternatively, 15 panels with a power output of 400W would suffice.

Efficiency is another critical factor. It determines how effectively a solar panel converts sunlight into usable electricity. Panels typically range from 14% to 20% efficiency. Opting for higher-efficiency panels maximizes potential power output.

Choose the right solar panels for optimal energy production. Contact us to explore panel options tailored to your needs.

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Factor #5: Your Home Energy Goals 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿?


Going solar is driven by various homeowner goals worldwide, and your reasons are equally important. Whether you aim to reduce monthly electricity bills, break free from unreliable utility companies, or contribute to a sustainable future, you're making a wise choice.

Many homeowners find it frustrating that electricity prices keep rising year after year. Additionally, the limited availability and environmental impact of fossil fuels further drive the desire for clean, sustainable energy. If your goal is to embrace clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, you're part of a growing movement.

The size of your solar system can significantly impact your electricity bill reduction goals, potentially saving you thousands of dollars annually. Discuss your energy consumption expectations with our experts to align your system accordingly.

Furthermore, explore whether your state and utility company offer net metering. This program allows you to sell excess energy back to the electric company, resulting in credits that offset other bills. It can lead to reduced or even eliminated energy bills. If this aligns with your goals, make sure to incorporate it into your system size decision.

Let us help you achieve your energy goals. Contact us today for personalized guidance and solutions. 

Factor #6: Solar Battery Storage Options

When determining the number of solar panels for your roof, it's essential to consider your interest in solar battery storage.

Integrating a solar battery backup into your system offers protection against power outages and ensures uninterrupted clean energy supply, even during nighttime hours. If you're concerned about the growing frequency of natural disasters and utility failures, a solar panel battery could be the ideal solution for you.

Innovative battery options, such as Enphase Encharge and Tesla Powerwall, provide seamless detection of grid failures, swiftly activating stored power from your panels. They can power your home over 100 times faster than conventional generators, without disruptive appliance interruptions.

Embrace reliable energy storage and safeguard your home's power needs with our cutting-edge solar battery solutions. 

Schedule a Free Solar Energy Consultation

Determining the optimal size of your solar array involves considering various factors, including available incentives tailored to your needs. Unlock the full potential of solar power by scheduling a complimentary consultation and receiving a personalized quote. Our team at Photon Solar will guide you through the process, addressing any questions you have about solar energy. Experience a seamless transition to solar with ADT Solar, making your switch to clean energy effortless.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards a brighter, sustainable future.

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