How many solar panels do I need?

How many solar panels do I need is probably one of the most asked questions we get when discussing solar panels for our client’s homes or offices. It is a great question! And this blog post is going to go in detail so you will know how many solar panels you need for your solar panel system project.


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The first question we ask after we get this question is, “What is your goal?”. We don’t mean to answer a question with a question, but it is the foundation for building the right solar panel system for your specific project. So, what is your goal? Common goals range from minimizing your carbon footprint, maximizing your ROI, or save as much money as possible. Obviously, you can have multiple purposes, but defining that upfront will help us answer your question.

Next, we will need to calculate how many solar panels you will need for your project. Items we will need are the following:

Let’s take a look at each in a little more depth.

How much energy does my home or office use?

This can be determined by researching past utility bills. Once you know how much energy you consume, you can do a quick calculation. Multiply your home or office’s hourly energy requirement by the peak sunlight hours for your area and dividing that by a panel’s wattage. You would use low-wattage as well as high-wattage to establish a range.

How many watts are you using?

Again, take a look at your electricity bill. You want to know how many kWH used and in what time period the statement reflects. Typically, it reflects a 30-day period. You will want to do a quick calculation for daily and hourly usage as well. The daily energy usage will be used to calculate your solar needs based on your goals. This will be an estimate because, depending upon weather conditions, your solar panels will not operate at maximum efficiency at all times.

How many hours of sunlight are there?

We are talking about peak sunlight hours; how many are there? Luckily leaving in Texas, we do experience an abundance of sunlight. You will need to take the hourly usage and multiply it by 1,000 to convert your hourly power generation to watts. Then, divide your average hourly wattage requirement by the number of daily peak sunlight hours for your home and office. This answer will give you the amount of energy your solar panels will need to produce every hour.

What solar panels you are considering?

Not all solar panels are created equal. The solar panels range in watts produced due to quality and efficiency variations. There is a wide range of them on the market. For these purposes, you need to consider the more efficient a solar panel is, the fewer you may need for your project. If you have a panel in mind, then divide your home’s hourly wattage requirement by the solar panels’ wattage to get the total number of panels you will need for your solar panel system.

Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of how many solar panels you will need for your solar panel system. A professional solar panel installation company can help you calculate a firm number. Sunshine Renewable Solutions offers a turn-key solution and will step you through each step in the process. We offer a complimentary consultation to help you answer this very question, “How many solar panels do I need?”


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Sunshine Renewable Solutions proudly partners with a leading Texas-based plastic manufacturer, embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to fortify its commitment to sustainability.

By integrating solar energy solutions, we're revolutionizing their environmental impact. Our collaborative efforts aim to construct a robust solar infrastructure, harnessing renewable energy to power their operations efficiently.

Together, we're spearheading a transformative shift towards renewable practices, demonstrating how solar power can drive industrial progress while prioritizing environmental responsibility. Sunshine Renewable Solutions is honored to work hand-in-hand with this industry leader, fostering a brighter, greener future through the strategic implementation of solar energy solutions.

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Creating The Foundation

As the foundational step in our partnership, the construction of concrete piers for the solar panel structure marks a pivotal milestone in our solar energy initiative. These concrete piers serve as the bedrock of support for the entire solar infrastructure, providing stability and durability essential for the efficient functioning of the solar array.

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Precision And Accuracy Are Paramount

Our engineering team meticulously plans and designs the layout of the piers, ensuring they are strategically positioned to uphold the solar panel array's weight and withstand environmental factors such as wind and inclement weather. We adhere to industry standards and best practices to create a robust foundation that guarantees the longevity and resilience of the solar installation.

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A Solid Foundation

Environmental considerations are taken into account throughout the construction process, ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding ecosystem. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond energy production to encompass responsible construction practices.

By establishing these concrete piers foundations, we are ready to start Phase 2, erecting the metal support bars. Enabling the subsequent installation of solar panels will power the plastic manufacturer's operations while significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

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Sunshine Renewable Solutions to Help Formosa Plastics of Point Comfort, Texas, Achieve Sustainability Goals

Formosa Plastics is a major producer of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride resins, which are widely used in various industries worldwide. Recognizing its role in environmental stewardship, Formosa Plastics sought to collaborate with a reputable sustainability consultant who can provide solutions to reduce its impact on the environment.

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