30 Dec '13, 7pm

[Prod/Sustainablity] West-Facing Solar Panels Take Heat off Grid in Summer

Flying in the face of convention, new research suggests pointing solar panels west may be more effective—at least during summer in Texas. By Candace Pearson Incentivizing west-facing solar may help utilities reduce demand during peak hours and allow homeowners to use more of their solar production for their own houses. A recent study conducted by the Pecan Street Research Institute found that installing west-facing photovoltaic (PV) panels at a trial site in Texas generated more energy and more effectively reduced peak demand over the summer than south-facing panels. The report acknowledges that south-facing solar will produce more total energy over the course of a year, but during Texas’s long summer days, results show west-facing systems generated 4% more electricity per day than comparable south-facing systems. In addition, west-facing systems better met peak demand by ...

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