Solar Panel Direction, Orientation and Tilt Factors

May 25, 2021 | 260 views

For anyone who has owned solar panels in the past, or even many considering solar power installation in the near future, it’s generally understood that direction is important in this field. Specifically, the ability of solar panels to point south, where they will receive the maximum possible sunlight and therefore create the maximum amount of energy, is vital for many solar panel installations – but it’s important to realize that the simple direction of the panels is not the only important variable here.

At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we’re happy to offer both commercial and residential solar panel installation services, including the utilization of the Tesla Powerwall battery backup. We assist our clients with every part of solar panel installation, including important directional and related themes that will play a role in how much sunlight your panels are able to soak up. Today we’ll focus on some of the important variables here, including why south-facing panels are the optimal approach plus several other basic factors to keep in mind when it comes to maximizing panel positioning and direction.

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2020: The Year of Convergence in Corporate Renewables

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Article | February 10, 2020

Solar power is an undeniably a green, renewable form of electricity generation - but many organisations with questionable motives (even here in New Zealand) are trying to persuade the public (and Government – hi lobbyists!) that solar power isn’t that environmentally friendly, and that it's even harmful. At the expense of bullish corporate profits, solar power is often thrown under the bus. This article lists the facts - putting an end to the negative spin on solar so often found in the media. When solar panels produce power, they do not; create any air pollution, use zero water, create carbon emissions, noise pollution, and they won’t disturb surrounding ecosystems. Solar power is a renewable energy source, the sun’s rays are infinite, fill your boots.

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Pivot Energy, a national renewable energy provider, is set to deploy nine additional rooftop solar systems on Extra Space Storage's facilities, adding a capacity of 946.8 kilowatts to an already expansive renewable energy portfolio that has now reached 15 megawatts (MW). The rooftop solar arrays developed as a result of this collaboration will generate approximately 20 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, enough to power over 2,500 homes. Since 2018, Extra Space Storage and Pivot Energy have developed 150 solar projects in twelve U.S. states: California, Colorado, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Rhode Island, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Tennessee. Each solar system produces 80 to 100 percent of the facility's energy, making Extra Space Storage a leader in promoting renewable energy. Extra Space has been an industry pioneer in solar adoption for over a decade and was the first self-storage company to receive Nareit's award for displaying excellent and continuous sustainability practices. It has won this award three years in a row, from 2020 onwards. Pivot Energy is a commercial solar provider that helps municipalities, schools, universities, businesses, and non-profits reduce operating costs and electricity consumption by maximizing state and federal incentives and making their operations more sustainable. Erik Bruner, Director of Business Development for Pivot Energy, shared, "We deeply value our longstanding partnership with Extra Space Storage." He added, "It is a delight to work with a client that's genuinely enthusiastic about incorporating solar into their business model, and they've truly paved the way for their industry. This 15 megawatt milestone is certainly not the end of the road for Extra Space, and we look forward to helping them achieve even more of their sustainability goals in the future." (Source – PR Newswire) About Pivot Energy Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Pivot energy is a national solar provider that designs, finances, constructs, and manages solar energy and energy storage projects. Its goal is to decarbonize electricity, improve access to clean energy for local communities, and deliver cost savings for families and businesses. The company provides a distributed energy platform that includes various software and services designed to serve the entire solar ecosystem. It is a Certified B Corporation with a corporate strategy that aims to impact society positively.

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Apex Signs Offtake Agreement with Meta for Huge Clean Energy Generation

Apex Clean Energy | January 31, 2023

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