How to Install Solar Panels at the Correct Angle

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When it comes to installing solar panels, one thing that is very important is the angle at which they are installed at. Install solar panels at the correct angle with help from an expert with Earth Wind and Solar Energy in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm John Caravette, with Earth Wind And Solar Energy. And today, we're going to talk about how to install your solar panels at the correct angle. Now depending on where you live in the country, you're at different latitudes and sometimes different latitudes require different angles and the best angle for your latitude, is something, that we need to determine. For example, in Chicago, Chicago is located on 42 degree latitude, but the best angle, for a fixed mount array, is 35 degrees, 35 degrees will give a good, the best average annual production, out of a solar panel. So how do we get to that 35 degrees? Two types, there's an analog or a digital, both do the same thing, once you determine the correct angle, for your latitude, of where your panel should be, you could take your angle finder and mount it to the surface of the panel. Here I've used tape, to help me out and for Chicago, we determined that 35 degrees, was it's best angle. So what we do next is, we are going to raise the panel, until we get to 35 degrees, once we reach 35 degrees, we're going to take a measurement, now once we are at 35 degrees, we take out tape measure, measure from the roof to the upper mounting bracket and this comes out to 24 inches. Once we get that measurement, we then take out stock, our raw stock and we cut to the length or some angle, some stock, some struts, come with adjust ability built into it, but once we determine the length or the angle, that we're at, we then lock it down or cut the strut, to the proper length, bolt it to the upper bracket, to the lower brackets and anchor it down into the roof. And that's how you get the correct angle for your solar panel.

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