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What’s the Best Angle for Solar Panels to Get Maximum Output?

Harnessing the abundant energy of the sun with solar panels is a green and cost-effective solution for powering your home. However, it's not as simple as just placing the panels on your roof or property. The angle and direction of your solar panels significantly affect how much sunlight they can capture and convert into electricity. So, what's the best angle for solar panels to achieve maximum output? Let's dive in and illuminate this crucial aspect of solar energy installation. Whether you're in Colorado Springs or Utah, this guide will help you optimize your solar power generation.

The Science Behind Solar Angles

The positioning of your solar panels is a critical element in capturing the maximum amount of sunlight. Solar panels work by absorbing sunlight with photovoltaic cells, generating direct current (DC) energy and then converting it to usable alternating current (AC) energy. The more sunlight those cells can capture, the more electricity the solar panels can produce. Therefore, the angle at which solar panels are installed plays a vital role in maximizing the amount of sunlight they can capture.

What’s the Ideal Angle for Installing Solar Panels?

Determining the ideal angle for your solar panels depends largely on your geographical location. The general rule of thumb is to set the solar panel tilt angle equal to your latitude. This principle works well because it assumes the sun is always directly above the equator and considers the shift in the sun's position between seasons.

For homeowners in Colorado Springs and Utah, aligning the panels at an angle equal to the latitude (approximately between 37° and 41°) can provide a good starting point. However, this angle should be fine-tuned based on other factors such as local climate, the orientation of the roof, and potential shading from nearby objects.

Adjusting Solar Panel Angles by Season

While setting your panels at an angle equal to your latitude provides a decent average efficiency throughout the year, adjusting the tilt of your solar panels according to the season can further optimize their output.

In the summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, the angle of your solar panels should be lower. On the contrary, in winter, when the sun travels a lower path across the sky, the tilt should be higher. A rough guideline is to subtract 15° from your latitude for the summer angle, and add 15° to your latitude for the winter angle.

Adjusting the solar panel angle in spring and autumn will typically provide the best performance. For these seasons, set the solar panel angle equal to your latitude.

Remember, these seasonal adjustments will only make a significant difference for tiltable ground-mounted solar panels. Rooftop panels are typically set at a fixed angle based on the roof's slope.

By understanding the science behind solar angles, homeowners can ensure they're harnessing the maximum potential of the sun and securing the most significant savings on their energy bills.

Professional Assistance for Optimizing Solar Output

Installing solar panels involves calculations and technical know-how. By engaging professional services, you can ensure that solar panels are installed at the correct angle, offering maximum efficiency.

Your Solar Partner in Colorado Springs and Utah

At Solarise Solar, we understand solar energy and the nuances that come with it. Our expert team is committed to optimizing your solar output, from consultation to installation, and beyond.

Financing Your Solar Dream

Investing in solar panels is an investment in our planet's future. With flexible financing options from Solarise Solar, we help make this sustainable solution a reality for homeowners.

Maximize Savings with Government Incentives and Tax Credits

A major advantage of transitioning to solar energy is the potential for significant financial savings. Apart from reducing your electricity bills, installing solar panels also qualifies you for attractive state and federal tax credits. These incentives can offset a substantial portion of the installation costs, making solar power an even more affordable choice. For instance, the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit can return as much as 26% of your total installation costs. In addition, Colorado Springs and Utah both have state-specific programs that offer additional incentives for homeowners choosing to install solar panels. By taking advantage of these incentives, you're not only making a positive environmental impact but also a savvy financial decision.


Optimize Your Solar Output with The Perfect Angle

When it comes to solar panels, every degree matters. The right angle can significantly enhance power output and the efficiency of your solar system, leading to maximum savings and a greener home.

Ready to harness the power of the sun? At Solarise Solar, we're here to guide you through the process of installing solar panels. Schedule your free consultation with us today and start your journey towards a sustainable, energy-efficient home.

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I had a great conversation with Monique regarding the benefits of solar power for my home. She help me do a cost analysis breakdown. She was very professional.
Melissa Weir
Melissa Weir
01:04 15 Feb 24
I have had nothing but positive interactions with their team. They listen tour concerns and help us understand future plans. When I call I speak to someone and get my answers right away. At the year mark the audit they do to ensure we are meeting all numbers is amazing. Yes there was a delay from contact sign to getting connected, but that was due to local electric company taking forever to install their meter. Solaris solar is what I always recommend to anyone looking to go solar.
Tiffany Bainbridge
Tiffany Bainbridge
17:51 08 Feb 24
Thank you Monique for speaking with me about the benefits of solar energy and the awesomeness of Solarise Solar!
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth Gonzalez
03:51 07 Feb 24
I spoke to Monique and learned about solar energy. She explained everything so well!
lisa parker
lisa parker
03:39 07 Feb 24
Spoke to Monique who was very knowledgeable about solar energy and the benefits it could have for me and how it could totally be a game changer as to how I see energy… LOVED IT!
Tiff Scott
Tiff Scott
16:01 04 Feb 24
Monique was so professional and kind when talking to my husband and I about the benefits of solar panels. I wasn't very knowledgeable about them and she was very patient with me.
Jennifer Schafroth
Jennifer Schafroth
23:07 31 Jan 24
EMonique was amazing explaining solar energy to me very detailed!
Jess Love
Jess Love
22:43 31 Jan 24
I had such a great experience with Monique. She was very helpful and knew what she was talking about, I was pretty excited hearing about the solar energy and process they provide.
dresa Parker-Edmonds
dresa Parker-Edmonds
19:04 31 Jan 24
Monique was great with explaining the solar process and what Solarise Solar does. You have a professional on your hands .
Raven McDonald
Raven McDonald
20:08 25 Jan 24
Monique was very informative about what Solarise has to offer, professional and explained how the process works.
Callie Burdine
Callie Burdine
14:57 25 Jan 24
Monique was very informative about what Solarise has to offer, very professional
Trina Doxy
Trina Doxy
14:36 25 Jan 24
Thank you Monique! I really enjoyed learning more about the benefits of solar energy. I’ve been looking for options that are better for the environment. I’ll be contacting you when we are ready to buy our home!
Kelissa Parker
Kelissa Parker
16:49 18 Jan 24
Always great service! Works very well with customers. Highly recommended.
Brenda Foster
Brenda Foster
01:09 23 Dec 23
Very friendly and courteous, knowledgeable and dedicated. So very helpful in explaining the operating system.
Becky Wilde
Becky Wilde
22:05 21 Dec 23
Very prompt, great customer service, nice people to work with
Glenn Wilde
Glenn Wilde
22:00 21 Dec 23
Monique was very knowledgeable and helpful ..we are buying our first home in February and we will be contacting her to get us set up...we are very impressed with her customer service skills ...thank you
Michelle Lisle
Michelle Lisle
17:31 16 Nov 23
Monique is wonderful. She explained everything in great detail! She is a great addition to Solarise solar I believe. Very professional I may add!
Joseph Rankins
Joseph Rankins
16:03 16 Nov 23
Monquie was very helpful in explaining solar processes and what step we need to take.
Alex Gow
Alex Gow
16:54 12 Oct 23
Monique was great. Very informative and explained everything very well.
Vicky Valenzuela
Vicky Valenzuela
02:17 12 Oct 23
Monique was amazing to work with she made sure everything was taken care of. We are very pleased with our solar purchase.
DRM No to 3e3r
DRM No to 3e3r
18:37 09 Oct 23
Monique is awesome she is awesome and she explain everything perfect
Kevin Le
Kevin Le
15:30 09 Oct 23
Solarise Solar is great! Monique was very informative as to what the company had to offer.
Angel Martin
Angel Martin
14:25 28 Sep 23
So happy with the company! The admin Mo has went above and beyond ensuring every concern I had was met. Will definitely refer to friends and family!
Marissa Pettway
Marissa Pettway
17:57 27 Sep 23
The service provided by these folk has been exceptional.Things take a bit to get moving but once they start it’s fast and well done.Monique is really great to work with for any questions you have. She’s very knowledgeable is goes out of her way to keep you informed.
salida cyclones
salida cyclones
16:36 23 Sep 23
Monique was great in explaining the solarise process and telling me of the benefits on getting solar now instead of waiting!! When we are ready we will be contacting Monique!! Thanks
Robert Strange
Robert Strange
23:28 22 Sep 23
Beautiful job, well done! I was always scared of Solar panels because I had a fear of what money would have to come out of my pocket, but when it was explained to me, I understood that I wouldn’t have to pay a dime for installation, and it would be an immense benefit as I wouldn’t have to worry about Black Forest and the charges it brings with per/KWH. I was scared, believe me. I had no knowledge and I thought they would take advantage of it, but they didn’t. They secured my worries and gave a thorough explanation on how Solar works. Thank God, because I won’t have to spend more than I need to, especially next year. The gentlemen that came to install the panels were so kind, attentive and extremely professional! They were fun and they were very awesome! They had the job done in three hours!!! Which is pretty good! I used that time for yard work! They loved my dogs and respected my space. Thanks to Adam for following up after the work was completed. Thank you, SolarRise for an excellent job that was so perfectly done. You have a devoted member(s). Yay for solar!
De’Ana Darlas
De’Ana Darlas
20:04 21 Sep 23
Thanks to Monique Burdine for providing great information about Solarise Solar. It’s clear Solarise Solar is my first choice in Solar!
josh
josh
15:35 21 Sep 23
I ran into Monique and we started talking about solar. She told me about all the benefits of going solar and the benefits of going with solarise solar. They customize each system to each household needs. Which basically make sure that I’m getting what I need, as well as the possibility of extra. I have been thinking about solar and when I am ready to make the move I will definitely give them a call. Great customer service.
Paul
Paul
23:31 20 Sep 23
Overall great experience working with Solarise. Customer service was great!
KAYTEE LUCHERINI
KAYTEE LUCHERINI
16:00 18 Sep 23
We had Solarise install our roof panels down in Pueblo in March of 2022, and the process went very smoothly, with only two weeks between our first meeting and install! The actual installation took less than two hours thanks to their efficient crew. We have had no problems with the system whatsoever, and we are loving the savings reflected on our electricity bill. 🙌 They sent out their quality control specialist Monique in March 2023 just to check in and see how our experience has been, and she was very pleasant and, like all of their team, professional and easy to work with. I would recommend this company to anyone seeking solar in Southern Colorado!
Jasmine
Jasmine
22:43 30 Aug 23
Monique Burdine Quality Control and Coordinator is fantastic to work with!She is definitely going to be our go to for this company. Not only did she help my husband and I learn how to use the Enphase app for monitoring our system. She happily gave us a check that our sales rep had promised to and never followed through with for whatever personal reasons he had. We are very appreciative that she helped make this happen because we had felt as though it was a lost cause and that we had been deceived. However, being in direct contact with one of the owners Jared was quick to remedy this issue. He clearly cared about how this company is being represented and about customer satisfaction. Something many companies these days are lacking. In addition, Monique reviewed our current solar intake and saw that due to a trees overgrowth in our neighbors yard we are only getting half the absorption as was predicted and guaranteed. Monique immediately started addressing this issue. She reached out to get further diagnostics and started making arrangements to add on more panels and possibly relocate the current ones to ensure we get the best possible power intake. Monique was fantastic to work with, thorough and very friendly! While we did have a good presentation from our original sales rep he didn't follow through with what was agreed upon when we decided to contract ourselves into agreement what's Monique went above and beyond to show us she and the owners do care about their customers. We are going to make Monique our go to person for everything from here in out as well as our referral person. I wish every company had someone like you Monique. She is simply Fantastic to work with and very efficient at her job!Thank you again for taking such good care of us ☺️
Amber Hilkey
Amber Hilkey
22:15 26 Jul 23
Very helpful, and professional. Cindy made things clear and understandable!
Chris Sampang
Chris Sampang
22:12 25 Jul 23
Easy folks to work with, quick install. The sales rep I worked with was very knowledgeable and was available for questions at any point. Process does take some time to go live with inspections but that is the state/county + electric company.
Michael Harrell
Michael Harrell
23:51 19 Jul 23
Service was great. Monique came and made sure everything was working well and answered all our questions! She also showed us how to use the app.
Kelly Bahr
Kelly Bahr
22:40 17 Jul 23
The entire process from sales to live was so easy I literally had to do NOTHING but review and sign documents. They worked with the inspectors, the financing, the energy company... all of it. I cannot stress how little impact this was on me, other than the benefit of lowering/fixing my energy costs every month. These people are definitely the ones to trust for solar, and my quality control rep Monique is the nicest, most responsive person I could hope for. Best decision ever.
Donna Leigh
Donna Leigh
16:13 14 Jul 23
Monique is very professional and informed us of several areas concerning solar and the way things are done. She did an excellent job. She is very personable and a great asset to your company.
Lnda Hft-Mllr
Lnda Hft-Mllr
15:15 13 Jul 23
Monique burdine was a great coordinator, coming from man on experience in service. I believe every company's got have good female on board to level out things.
Cary Miller
Cary Miller
14:16 13 Jul 23
So far we have been impressed with our solar system installed by Solarise. This was not a pushy sales job by the company, providing a better price than 3 other local companies for essentially the same products and sized system. Our installation was delayed but that was due to Colorado Springs Utilities backlog with permits and applications. We had a system installed in Oct which was designed to produce a minimum of 3.9 MWh and with 3.5 months to go we already have 3.5 MWh produced and with the long hot summer days ahead of us we are confident they system will produce more than the minimum designed! Monique came out a few weeks ago and reviewed our system operation and performance with us and talked through a couple of questions we had for her. Would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to go Solar.
Joel Swanson
Joel Swanson
21:41 01 Jul 23
A big shout out to Monique and the entire staff. The installation was spot on. Any questions were answered very timely by Monique.
DJM M
DJM M
19:55 12 Jun 23
Monique has provided good service, very attentive and aware of job and product. Would recommend Solarise for your solar needs. Very informative and helpful with the monitoring and product itself.
Joseph Jackson
Joseph Jackson
19:58 05 Jun 23
I have had a great experience with Solarise. Their personnel are knowledgeable and personable.
Brandan (Bseeker)
Brandan (Bseeker)
19:07 20 May 23
It's nice to have a good experience with a contractor. Thanks Solarise!
Emily Ellsworth
Emily Ellsworth
04:26 17 Dec 19

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