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How Many Solar Panels for My Home Will I Need?

by Kelly Anderson, on Mar 18, 2020 4:31:00 PM


Estimating the size of your system

Every home is different and therefore needs to be approached individually for solar panels. Each requires an in-depth shading analysis to determine the size of the system itself, how much sun your home gets throughout the year, and how much you could potentially save. All this information should be given to you before you invest in solar panels for your home. That way, you won't make a wrong choice when adding value to your Chicago, IL property. In this blog, we'll discuss the average size of systems and how you can get the most out of the installation experience.

See Also: How Solar Panels Can Help Your Tax Season

How Many Solar Panels in an Average System?

For some homeowners, the size of the system may seem like a daunting deterrent to adding panels to their property. After all, no homeowner wants big, blue-and-chrome panels contributing to light pollution on their roofs.

Thankfully, Summit Solar offers sleek, aesthetically pleasing black panels that blend in a bit more with the surrounding roofing. Rather than a garish installation featuring exposed conduit and poorly installed panels, you’ll get a beautiful solar system installed in no time.

On average, most American homes will feature 16 panels, but that could change depending on the findings of the shading analysis. The average home is 15,000 square feet, so if your home is bigger than that, it will likely require more panels.

Where Do Panels Work Best?

Solar panels work best on flat, unshaded surfaces. In most cases, that means the sun-facing portion of your roof. However, there are occasions when that’s not the ideal solution.

If your roof gets a lot of shade or features shapes that are not conducive to installation, you may end up with a panel field in your backyard. However, this is unlikely and is only recommended by professionals in certain circumstances.

Work with a Premium Installer

At Summit Solar, we won’t pressure you into buying a system that won’t save you money. You’ll never have to do any guesswork -- our comprehensive shading analysis will provide you with everything you need to get the most out of your solar system.

From initial discovery to educating you on various local and federal incentive programs, we can help you build an energy solution that works within your budget and could amount to less than your current monthly energy bill.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to go solar? Click here or give us a call at 888-884-3557 today!

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