- Mapping can help determine where solar panels would best be placed in order to minimize the probability of the surrounding trees’ shade blocking any sunlight. This maximizes power output, while leaving essential trees intact.
- Certain technologies are designed to maximize at full capacity even when one cell is shaded, unlike a traditional grid solar panel system.
- Although power output decreases proportionally to the amount of the solar panel that is shaded, the efficiency of the solar panel does not decrease, no matter the size of the shade.
- When planting new trees around homes with existing solar panels, make sure the trees are far enough away to avoid scratching the panels and to prevent shade from blocking the panel. If trees already exist, make sure they are trimmed and properly maintained.