# Solar Panel Area Calculator

A solar panel area calculator is a tool (or) formula that calculates the total surface area necessary for solar panels to meet a certain energy demand.

It assists users in estimating how much space is required to install solar panels depending on criteria such as energy consumption, solar panel efficiency, available sunlight (solar irradiance), and desired power output.

This calculator is useful for designing solar power systems for houses, commercial, (or) industrial uses, guaranteeing that the installation produces enough electricity to suit the user’s requirements.

A solar panel area calculator will help you assess how much room is required to install solar panels determined by your energy demand. Here’s how it usually works.

## Key Factors

• The amount of electricity required to generate, typically measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per day or month.
• Solar panel efficiency is the percentage of sunshine that can be converted into useable electricity. Common efficiency levels range from 15% to 22%.
• The average number of hours each day when sunshine is intense enough to create power. This changes according to location and climate.
• The power rating of solar panels, typically measured in watts (W).

## Basic Calculation

Solved Example

Assume you utilize 30 kWh per day. This is your desired energy production.

Divide the daily energy requirements by the peak solar hours.

If you’re getting 5 peak sunshine hours, then

30 kWh/5 hours = 6kW

## Determine the Total Wattage of Panels

For example, if you need 6 kW and use panels that are 18% efficient, you will need panels that output more than 6 kW to allow for real-world inefficiencies.

## Solar Panel Area Calculator

Divide the total watts needed by the wattage per square meter that the panels can generate.

Solved Example

If a panel generates 200 W/m² and you require 6,000 W, you’d need 6000.

W 200

6000 (W)/200 (W/m²) = 30m² of panels

## Formula

Area (m²) = Energy required (kWh/day)/ [Peak sunlight hours (hrs) x Panel Efficiency x 1000 (W/m²)]

Ex: when you require 30 kWh/day, possess 5 peak solar hours, and use 18% efficiency panels (180 W/m²):

Area = (30kWh/day) / (5 x 0.18 x 1000)

Area = (30,000.Wh/day)/ (900 W/m²)

Area = 33.33m²

To cover your daily energy needs, you would need around 33.33 square meters of solar panels.