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Which Direction Should I Face my Solar Panels?

Auswell Energy explains which direction is best when looking to maximise your Brisbane solar power production.

When looking at home solar power installation, one important aspect to consider is the direction that these solar panels face. Since Australia sits in the southern hemisphere, you won’t see panels set up on the south facing side of the roof on top of Australian homes, which leaves the North, East, and West.

So which direction is best when looking to maximise your Brisbane solar power production? In this article, we’ll have a look at the different options and their benefits. Keep in mind that every house has differences that will change the recommendations, from shade to layout to weather, so it’s always best to consult the experts before making any decisions.

East-West Facing Panels

When thinking about the sun, one of the most common bits of knowledge is that it rises in the East and sets in the West. This means that this is a common setup in home solar power installation, with panels split between the east and west. You’ll get full sun at the start and end of the day while still picking up the rays in between.

It’s considered the best when maximising morning and afternoon production. If you’re mostly working a 9-5 job, using the shower, electric stove, and appliances in the morning and afternoon, this is a good option.

North-Facing Panels

It also makes a lot of sense to put in north-facing solar panels when considering home solar power installation. The sun rises in the East, sets in the West, and shines from the North. This means there will be partial sunlight in the morning and afternoon and full sunlight throughout the day.


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This is great if you’re looking for year-round energy production and want to maximise the overall kilowatts generated for battery storage.

Comparison: East-West vs. North

Based on a study done by UQ on optimal angles for Brisbane solar power production, it was found that “…Brisbane panels should be angled 26 degrees, facing true north,” according to Professor Tapan Kumar Saha.

Over the period of a year, it was observed that overall, North facing solar panels produced more power on average but less in the summer than the alternative. The East-West panels produced more power in the Summer but less in the winter.

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If you often use more power in the summer via pool filters running, air conditioners blasting, or an extra fridge for drinks, the East-West facing panels may be the best for your solar power home installation needs. Otherwise, if you’re expecting to have the heaters running constantly and multiple long, hot showers in the winter, then North facing solar panels may your best option.

Regardless of your preferences or thoughts on the matter, however, we do highly recommend consulting with the professionals before making any decisions. There are a lot of factors that can impact solar panel energy consumption so it’s best if our highly trained team comes out and assesses the property before providing any recommendations.

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Contact Auswell Energy

If you are based in Brisbane or the Gold Coast and are interested in getting the most out of your solar panel system, please don’t hesitate to contact Auswell Energy! We can provide guidance and help you get the best solution for all your energy needs. Call us on 1300 287 955 or email us at info@auswellenergy.com.au today.

Looking for a reliable and experienced provider of home solar power installations on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Tweed Heads? Look no further than Auswell Energy! We offer various solar installation options to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home.



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