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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need

Solar panels are a great way to harness natural energy, decrease your energy bill, and help Florida’s environment. At Florida Electric and Solar, we can help you find the right solutions for your solar energy needs and install a system that will provide you with peace of mind that you are doing your part to help the environment. Take advantage of renewable and abundant energy. Browse our services to see what we can do to help you! How Many Solar Panels Do I Need? Determining how many solar panels you will need is a very complicated process. There are many things to consider when figuring out how many panels will meet your needs. The size of your home is the least of these. First, you need to know your kilowatt usage and determine what kind of panels you need, but numerous factors go into determining your solar panel installation needs. What Goes Into Factoring What Size System Is Needed? Figuring out how many panels you will need requires some information that you probably would not realize would be a factor.

  1. Determine how many kilowatts (kWh) you consume per day.

  2. You will then need to divide these kWh per day by the sun hours.

  3. You will need to divide by the inefficiency factor (accounts for instance, when the system would run below optimal output).

These steps will help you get a ballpark figure to use as a jumping-off point in determining how many panels you will need. Once you have this number, you will need to determine the types of panels in your grip system, as some are rated for the different ranges of watts. As you can see, determining your needs is not as cut and dry as one panel per 200sq ft of house. There are many factors to consider and many calculations that go into a solar panel installation that will fit your needs. What Are “Sun-Hours” Earlier, we mentioned figuring in sun-hours to your calculations for your solar panel installation, but what exactly are sun-hours and how do they affect the solar panel grid. This term refers to the number of peak sun-hours you get in your location each day. These numbers change from location to location. These are the hours in which the sun is at its peak and changes from season to season. Sun-hours will affect how many panels you will need for your system. If your home is in a place that gets minimal sun-hours, then you will need to get more panels to cover 100% of your energy usage. If your home is in a place that gets 5-6 sun-hours per day, you may be able to use a smaller system. The fewer sun-hours you have, the more panels you are going to need. So, it’s good to keep in mind that your location will significantly influence how your system is built. Contact Us Our number one commitment at Florida Electric and Solar is to give you the solar solutions you need. Contact us today to begin evaluating the solar panels your system needs in Florida and determine what solutions work best for you.

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