Should I Go Solar If I Have Trees and Shading?

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Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels capture free sunshine and convert this energy into clean electricity. The more direct sunlight your panels receive, the more power they produce.

But what happens if your property has too much shading from nearby trees or buildings? Does it still make sense to go solar?

Excessive shading will compromise your solar installation’s performance. But there are several things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not going solar makes sense.

Let’s review.

Your home may get enough sun for solar.

Consideration 1: Focus on Total Energy Output

When calculating things like solar savings, payback periods, and ROIs, it’s best to focus on the total annual output of your PV installation. If your property receives partial shading in the morning but direct sunlight in the afternoon, your solar panels may be able to generate enough clean electricity to justify the upfront investment.

To be absolutely certain, you should schedule a free inspection with a licensed PV installer, like Direct Energy Solar. Our team of professionals will assess your property’s solar potential and recommend the most suitable solution.

Consideration 2: Shading Can Sometimes Be Resolved

Some types of shading are unavoidable. For example, an adjacent building might completely block out the sun. In these instances, you might be better off with a ground-mounted system (discussed below).

But tall shrubs and trees can sometimes be trimmed back to allow more sunshine to get through. In some extreme cases, solar customers have removed nearby trees altogether. And believe it or not, doing so makes good environmental sense. When you run the numbers, a 25-year solar installation can offset more CO2 than the average tree can over that same time period. In other words, your carbon footprint shrinks more if you remove trees to make room for a solar installation.

If the tree is on your property, removing it is relatively easy. If it’s on adjacent property, you may need permission first. Although some states have Solar Bills of Rights that allow PV customers to cut or remove trees owned by 3rd parties. Priority usually goes to whichever was there first—the tree or the solar installation.

Consideration 3: Ground-Mounted Solar PV Installations

What happens if your rooftop doesn’t get enough sunlight and you’re unable to remove neighboring trees (or buildings)?

One popular solution is to install ground-mounted solar PV panels instead. The installation works exactly the same as traditional rooftop systems, but the panels are anchored into unused land in the back, front, or side yard.

Another option is to install solar panels on other properties that you might own—vacation homes, retreats, etc. You still benefit from impressive electricity bill savings and generous solar incentives. And your investment also helps to protect the environment.

To explore either of these options, be sure to consult with Direct Energy Solar’s team of solar professionals first.

Have More Questions about Solar Panels and Shading?

At Direct Energy Solar, we’ve worked with many customers who initially believed their properties weren’t suited for solar. And they’ve successfully slashed their utility bills to levels they never thought imaginable.

Before abandoning plans to install PV panels on your home or business, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our expert installation team will inspect your property and draft up solutions to help you get the most out of your solar investment.

To schedule your free Direct Energy Solar appointment today, click here.