Date: 27th July 2023

How many solar panels do I need?

Solar panels are a great way to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels and save money on your energy bills. But how many solar panels do you need?

The number of solar panels you need depends on a few factors, including:

  • Your annual electricity usage
  • The size and efficiency of your solar panels
  • The amount of sunlight your roof receives

Here are some general guidelines for how many solar panels you need our panels are rated approx. 400 watts per panel.:

  • A typical one-bedroom home needs 4-6 solar panels.
  • A typical three-bedroom home needs 6-10 solar panels.
  • A typical five-bedroom home needs 12-20 solar panels.

Of course, these are just general guidelines. The exact number of solar panels you need will depend on your individual circumstances. If you’re adding a PV battery you may decide to install more panels.

Once you know how many solar panels you need, you can start shopping around for solar installers. Be sure to get quotes from several different installers before making a decision and ensure they are MCS registered, without an MCS certificate you will not be able to sell your excess energy back to the grid.

Installing solar panels is a great investment and the returns are fantastic due to the higher energy prices and the increased Smart Export Guarantee rates. And it's a great way to do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some additional tips for calculating how many solar panels you need:

  • Look at your past utility bills to see how much electricity you use each year.
  • Consider the size and efficiency of the solar panels you want to install. More efficient panels will generate more electricity, so you may need fewer of them.
  • Factor in the amount of sunlight your roof receives. If your roof gets a lot of sun, you'll need fewer solar panels than if your roof gets less sun.
  • Talk to a solar installer. They can help you calculate how many solar panels you need and answer any other questions you have.

Calculating how many solar panels you need can be a daunting task, but it's important to do your research so you can get the right number of panels for your home. By following the tips, you can make the process a little bit easier.

If you’re based in North East Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber regions contact us for a FREE quote or call us on 01472 241881.

Gary Stafford Marketing Assistant