People who own their own homes can go solar in a simple way: they can install a solar panel system on their roof and save money as well as the environment.
Going solar is more difficult for people who live in a rental home or an apartment complex. But don't be concerned! Even if you don't have your own roof, you can still benefit from clean solar energy.
If you own an individual flat, you can install a portable solar system on your balcony or anywhere with good sun exposure. Despite the fact that these systems typically have a low power output.
Where Can You Place Solar Panels on Apartment Buildings?
In theory, solar panels can be installed on apartment buildings in any suitable, permitted location. Roof, balcony floor, balcony railings, window sills, and bannisters are examples.
If using the building's roof is an option, bolt-on solar panels can be installed. If the roof is unavailable, you could install the plug-in or portable solar panels anywhere in your apartment that receives sufficient sunlight. It could be on a balcony or a railing, for example.
Things To Consider
It would be ideal to have a custom-made supporting structure in the balcony to securely lock the panels in place as a safety measure.
The size and number of panels are determined by the size of the balcony. The lower the price per watt, the larger the panel.
Larger panels with 320 or 360W output are available, but they are bulky and heavy; 160 watts would be ideal. A similar panel measures 150x70cm and weighs 12.5kg.
To connect two panels in series, an inverter with an input voltage of 22-60V would be ideal. Microinverters can also be used in place of standard inverters.
The Benefits of Balcony Solar Systems
Solar panels on the balcony can be installed on one's own. It does not necessitate the assistance of solar installers. If you live in the northern hemisphere, the balcony should face south.
When the balcony faces south, the solar yields are the highest. This orientation ensures that the most solar radiation is captured. However, when facing east-south and west, solar radiation can result in significant yields by implementing intelligent power optimizers.
If you own your apartment, using renewable energy will raise its value. This could come in handy if you ever decide to sell your home. It may also appeal to renters seeking environmentally friendly options.
Another advantage of such an installation is that we can take the solar PV with us when we move out of that apartment.
Because it is not linked to the apartment's behind-the-meter electrical grid, this system is simple. That means the system is clean and simple to set up.
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Tips for Power Production Optimization
Batteries are costly, and a solar system for a balcony also includes batteries. That too accounts for the long payback period.
The power generated by the panels on the balcony will be limited due to the small number of panels and their limited exposure to the sun. There are some pointers for optimizing power production.
Adjusting the tilt of solar panels according to the seasons aids in power generation. When it comes to adjusting the tilt of panels installed on a balcony, it is simple.
Small changes can be made every hour, day, or month. Sometimes changing the angle twice or four times a year is all that is required.
Because the solar panels are so close together, they can be cleaned on a regular basis. Solar panels mounted on the roof are difficult to clean.
Dust and dirt on the panels result in a 1% loss of generated energy. In regions that are dry, dusty, and heavily traveled, without proper washing, the loss will be between 4-6%.