If you have crowded roof space or your building is tall and narrow, you may be facing a common challenge that you cannot fit enough solar panels to optimise your return on investment.
Here are two strategies to improve your outcome:
- Use higher watt panels
Using solar panels with higher power output per square metre will improve the total PV output for the space you have available. For example the LG 400/405W panel offers about 30% more output than typical panels and at 2024mm long by 1024mm wide it is only slight larger or the same physical size. Beware that many installers have their preferred products and suppliers and may attempt to talk you into a more traditional solar panel – it always pays to do your own research!
- Consider a carport solution
Creating a new carport structure to house solar panels is a commonplace solution in the industry, especially in larger commercial projects. The lightweight structure offers a cost-effective way to elevate solar panels beyond any shading and provide ‘additional roof space’. The carport can be angled optimally for local sunlight patterns removing the need (and cost) of solar panel tilt frames.
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