How to Calculate Solar Panel Angle

Saving the Earth takes effort. One way you can reduce your reliance on fossil fuels is to install solar panels. Solar panels require proper angling to take full advantage of sunlight for maximum electricity production. Your location and time of year will determine the correct level at which to angle your solar panels. Once in place, your solar panels will help you take better care of the earth while reducing your electric bill.

Properly angled solar panels produce optimum energy.

Step 1

Look for your location on a map or GPS device to determine your latitude above or below the equator.

Step 2

Point your solar panels to the south if you live in the northern hemisphere and to the north for the southern hemisphere.

Step 3

Take your latitude and add 15 degrees to it to find your winter solar panel angle.

Step 4

Subtract 15 degrees from your latitude to find the angle for your solar panel in the summer.