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    Solar panels better facing East/West

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    papa_umau
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    Solar panels better facing East/West

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 29 Jul 2014, 11:53 am

    Most solar panels are facing the wrong direction, say scientists

    In the northern hemisphere most solar panels point south. But scientists are saying that west-facing panels are able to generate a more even flow of electricity than spikes of energy at lunchtime.

    Thousands of people have spent vast sums of money installing eco-friendly solar panels but most will have probably had them fitted facing the wrong way, according to energy experts.

    The solar power industry is being urged to reconsider its approach to installing panels after one of the UK’s leading experts, Professor Ralph Gottshalg of Loughborough University says too many solar panels are facing in the wrong direction.

    Read more on this strange idea in The Telegraph HERE




    What in fact they are saying here is that because the greatest amount of electricity being made is by our South-facing photovoltaic panels, it would be better for the NATIONAL GRID if we installed our panels on the East/West-facing side than on the Southern side.

    The Southern-facing panels generate a glut of energy at mid-day which gives the National Grid a hard time evening out this power with the power that is made by conventional methods.

    Britain generates 2.8 gigawatts by the use of Solar panels while Germany, the real culprits here, produces 20 Gigawatts of energy by this method in total.

    Maybe the government will give us a subsidy if we install our panels East/West-facing instead of South facing ?

    I won't hold my breath waiting for THAT.

    What say you ?


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    Re: Solar panels better facing East/West

    Post by zathrus on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 1:48 pm

    That looks like a total con-job to me.

    If the privatised owners of The National Grid want us to install solar panels facing East/West instead of the more efficient South than let them pay us for doing this.

    After all, if the panels are installed in that direction they will generate less power that might be sold to the Grid on the Feed-In Tariffs.
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    Re: Solar panels better facing East/West

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 01 Aug 2014, 11:57 am

    Quite correct Zath'. The whole idea of installing solar panels is to generate as much electricity as possible so that this offsets our energy bills.

    If we install them on the East/West vector instead of the South-facing vector we will make less electricity and therefore less money to sell to the grid to go towards this idea of offsetting our total energy bills and generating as much electricity as we can via renewables and not via fossil fuels.


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    Re: Solar panels better facing East/West

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 11:23 am

    I cannot afford a solar-powered light in my window box never mind a set of them on the roof.

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