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Is it feasible to retrofit solar electric on a house that's oriented east/west, not north/south?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 16, 2012 01:01 AM
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We are thinking of buying an old house that needs a roof, furnace and hot water heater. As long as we have to replace the roof, I'd like to include solar electric, but the roof is oriented east and west, not south. The neighbor's house on the south side shades the lower half of "our" house. Would it be feasible to have solar panels or shingles on the side of the house on the upper portion that gets sun? Or on the roof, but raised and angled south? Or to add passive solar on the side of the house (sort of a trombe wall, but on the side of the house on the second floor)? Or . . . ?




 

 

We are thinking of buying an old house that needs a roof, furnace and hot water heater. As long as we have to replace the roof, I'd like to include solar electric, but the roof is oriented east and west, not south. The neighbor's house on the south side shades the lower half of "our" house. Would it be feasible to have solar panels or shingles on the side of the house on the upper portion that gets sun? Or on the roof, but raised and angled south? Or to add passive solar on the side of the house (sort of a trombe wall, but on the side of the house on the second floor)? Or . . . ?

Judith,

It is possible to install photovoltaic panels on roofs that are oriented east west rather than south but not practical from an affordability and performance perspective.

I would offer that PV is...



 

 

 
 
 

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