Calculating Your Solar Needs

Deciding to make the switch to solar is a decision you can feel good about. Harnessing the energy of the sun will not only help reduce your carbon footprint but it can also lead to significant savings on your electricity bills. But you may be wondering, exactly how many solar panels do you need to get the most benefits from this green energy source? At PowerSmart Solutions, we aim to make the process as simple as possible by assessing your current energy consumption, to tailor a solar system to suit your needs. In this blog post we break down how we calculate your solar needs to create a solar solution that delivers.

Assess Your Energy Consumption:

The first step in calculating your solar power needs is to evaluate your current energy consumption. By referring back to your energy bills over a period of time, we can determine your average energy usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This figure will serve as the foundation for sizing your solar system.

Assess Your Available Rooftop Space:

The next step is to evaluate the available rooftop space for potential solar panel installation. Factors like shading, orientation, and obstructions such as vents, can impact the system’s efficiency. During a free in-home solar consultation, our expert team will design a solar system for your property, taking into account your property specific requirements.

Calculate System Size:

To calculate the size of your solar power system, our consultants take into account the average annual energy consumption in kWh and the peak sun hours factoring in cloud cover and weather patterns. By dividing the annual energy consumption in kWh by the peak sun hours, this gives a good starting point to estimate the required system size.

Calculating your solar power needs is a crucial step in ensuring that you get the most out of your solar system. By having an accredited solar installer assess your electricity consumption to determine your solar system needs, this will ensure that you receive a solar solution that best meets the demands of your lifestyle.

If you’d like to arrange an in-home consultation with one of our team, please contact us. 

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