How Many Solar Panels Do I Need to Power My Home?

When it comes to scaling solar power for an entire home, not all setups are created equal, which is why it’s important to plan ahead and craft your plans accordingly. Otherwise, you may end up either purchasing a larger setup than you need, or a system that underperforms.

Although solar power is more economically viable than ever, it’s still an investment. A fair amount of planning needs to take place before purchase and installation. Below, Geneverse provides a simple formula that will help you not only reach but exceed your green energy goals.

Elements of an Effective Green Energy System

Obviously, you’ll want a reliable green energy system that packs the most punch, giving you the best return on your investment as quickly as possible. 

You’ll have to make the following decisions when considering your energy needs:

  • Determining how many solar panels you need for your household
  • What type of inverter you should purchase
  • Whether or not you should integrate battery storage

We’ll go over how many solar panels you will need in more detail below.

Number of Solar Panels You’ll Need

How many solar panels will you need? It depends on how large your household is and how big your property is. 

Some variables to consider include:

  • Panel size
  • Per panel wattage
  • How efficient each panel is
  • Energy produced per panel
  • Household energy consumption
  • Roof orientation
  • Shade coverage
  • Average peak sunlight hours
  • Household energy goals/needs

You can follow this simple solar panel formula:

Your desired energy production (kW) / Solar panel wattage (kW) should be equal to the number of solar panels you need to achieve your energy goals.

Determine how many kilowatt-hours of electricity your household consumes on a monthly basis. You can also figure out your daily use – just divide kWh consumed per month by 30 to get a rough idea.

For instance, if you use 1,500 kWh per month and divide it by 30, you’ll get around 50 kWh per day.

Determine Peak Sunlight Hours

Take the time to determine how long your panels will get direct sunshine. If you get around 5 peak sunlight hours per day, calculate total daily energy production needed by dividing your daily energy consumption by the number of peak sunlight hours you get. This calculation will provide you with the amount of energy your solar panels need to produce each day. 

For example: If required energy production is 49.3 kWh per day / 5 hours = 9.86 kW.

Determining Your Required Number of Solar Panels

Take your planning one step further by dividing your daily energy production needed by your solar panel's output. 

Let’s say that a commercial space needs 9.86 kW / 0.35 kW per panel, which would equal 28.17. This means the commercial space would need 29 solar panels to generate enough electricity to meet usage needs. 

Remember that shading, roof orientation, and variations in seasons will affect your energy needs. If this seems a little overwhelming, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional solar installer so you can have a custom-tailored solution that meets the needs of your household.

The Cost Cost-Efficient Energy Storage System Available on the Market

Geneverse is excited to provide our PowerPillar ESS, which represents the most cost-efficient energy storage system on the market. With easier installation and fewer components than conventional green energy systems, the PowerPillar ESS is the best option for homeowners and installers.

We’re proud to provide the green energy solutions that power your home for good.

About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable and cost-efficient source for solar energy. Our PowerPillar ESS integrates solar power, battery storage, not to mention grid and generator power sources that help our customers get the most out of their energy storage investment – all at the most competitive pricing on the market. We craft complete home energy systems that power energy independence rain or shine in addition to portable solar products that provide decentralized power during emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about Geneverse and how we can bring protection and security to your family/household by visiting our website today.

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