where place solar panel

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by mrel, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. mrel

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    Hello
    Which is better to place a solar panel faceing east as the sun rise OR place solar panel faceing west as sun sets in the evening.
    Thank for the help mrel
     
  2. beenthere

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  3. Bernard

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    If S is not an option, I would go for E as the panels will be cooler in the morning & more efficient. My panels face 190 degrees from true N @ an angle of 20 deg-fixed. Latitude 33 deg N.
     
  4. wmodavis

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    South! But only if you want to capture the most sun exposure. If you want to keep it cool keep it in the refridg. Max sun exposure out weighs a bit lower performance due to higher temperature.
     
  5. wayneh

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    Just curious (I'm doing some modeling of panel placement) - How did you arrive at the 20° position, given your latitude? Wouldn't the ideal angle be 33°, ie. to catch direct sun at high noon?

    Oops, should have read the link provided above - a good reference on the topic.
     
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