Connect with us

optimal panel angle

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Bob, Aug 18, 2003.

Scroll to continue with content
  1. Bob

    Bob Guest


    I want to power a network camera with solar energy. It sould work also in
    winter when solar power is a minimum. What is the best inclination of the
    panel? If power production would be desired they are mounted at that angle
    that the sum of energy is a maximum but in my case I need an angle that I
    always get at least the power the camera needs. I'm located in the middle of

  2. General rule-of-thumb for fixed panel mounting (assuming no trees,
    buildings etc. casting shadows) is to face the equator (south,
    obviously in your case) and use an inclination that is equal to your
    latitude for best average energy production across the year.

    However in your case I'd be increasing that angle somewhat (an
    additional 15 degrees max) to favor winter performance when the days
    are short and the sun is low in the sky. If that gives you enough
    juice to keep the camera happy, you should still have more than you
    need at other times of the year without changing the panel angle.

    When I first moved into my off-grid house, I changed the panel angles
    twice a year. Now I just leave them at the winter (steep) angle, since
    comparatively speaking I have bags of power in summer. If I develop a
    need for higher power in summer (e.g. if I switch to electric
    refrigeration) I'll go back to adjusting them, but as it stands, it
    simply ain't worth the bother.

  3. Bob

    Bob Guest

    the latitude were it will be mounted is 48, so I've choosen approx. 60 deg.
    thanks for your help!
Ask a Question
Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?
You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Electronics Point Logo
Continue to site
Quote of the day