Solar panels are quickly becoming the most popular choice for the generation of energy for domestic use. The reasons for this rise in popularity of solar systems include the reduction in prices of solar panels and batteries, government incentives for the producers of solar energy, and the environmental impact of using clean, renewable energy. However, many people wonder how much electricity do solar panels produce? The amount of electricity solar panels can produce depends on several factors. The specific weather conditions, the amount of sunlight in the area, and the type of solar panel determine the amount of electricity the solar panels can produce.
How Much Energy Does a Solar Panel Produce?
Generally speaking, a 3 or 4 kilowatts solar panel array is able to produce enough energy to power an average home that houses an average-sized family of four to five people. A 2 kilowatts array, on the other hand, will be able to produce sufficient energy for smaller homes. In total these panels can generate around 1,125-kilowatt hour every month which is more than sufficient if you break it down as follows:
- An average of 4 to 5 hours of washing your clothes in one go daily
- 24 hours of using the fridge daily
- 8 full days of boiling cold water using an electric kettle instead of gas
- 5 full days of cooking all your meals using just electricity
Solar panels from different manufacturers are fairly different from each other, so it can be difficult to determine how much energy your panels will generate. Here is some information you should know about an average solar panel system.
- Solar systems intended for domestic use tend to range from 1 kW to 5kW in terms of electricity production.
- A 1-kilowatt system is able to produce nearly 850 kilowatts each year, whereas a 2-kilowatts system has the capacity to produce 1,700 kilowatts, and a 5-kilowatts setup can generate 4,500 kilowatts annually.
- According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a typical or average-sized home or a flat uses around 3,000 kilowatts of electricity each year. This means a 4-kilowatt to 5-kilowatt system is more than sufficient for such usage.
If you have any further questions regarding the cost of setting up a solar electricity system or would like to read more about similar topics, do take a look at other blog posts on our website.