How to Know if You Get Enough Sunlight for Solar Panels

Solar panels are rapidly growing in popularity as people try to offset rising energy costs and take advantage of new tax breaks. But whether going solar makes financial sense depends on more than tax incentives. How much sunlight your solar panels receive plays a huge role in how much electricity the panels can generate. 

That’s why the optimal sunlight your location receives daily is an important metric to understand before going solar. Peak sunlight hours (commonly called peak sun hours) is a standardized measure used to compare sunlight intensity across different locations. 

“With solar energy, it’s crucial to know what peak sun hours are and what they’re not,” said Rohit Kalyanpur, CEO of Optivolt, a Silicon Valley-based solar technology company. “Peak sun hours are not the hours between sunrise and sunset. Instead, it refers to measuring the intensity of sunlight at a given location.”

Understanding this concept will help you make a good decision when deciding if a solar energy system will meet your needs. In addition, you’ll be able to confidently assess any solar system’s efficiency, cost savings, and environmental impact.