Many homeowners consider the 6kW solar power system because it fits their budget and/or the roof space. The installation of a solar power system is an excellent way to generate your own renewable and green energy while reducing your utility bills. Before you make your decision about a 6kW solar system, it is important to gain some insight into its capability and power output.
Appliances Powered by 6kW Solar System
A 6kW solar power system will generate around 24kW of power per day. It can be used to run the following appliances in a typical 4-bedroom home:
- Lights for up to 6 hours per day
- 2 LCD TVs for up to 5 hours per day
- A microwave for up to 0.3 hours per day
- 2 laptops for up to 6 hours per day
- A refrigerator for up to 24 hours per day
- A dishwasher for up to 1.5 hours per day
- A freezer for up to 24 hours per day
- A washing machine for up to 0.5 hours per day
- A central AC for up to 3 hours per day
- A clothes dryer for up to 0.3 hours per day
- A Wi-Fi for up to 24 hours per day
A standard 6kW solar power system can produce 8,760 kWh of energy in a year. This is under the condition that it gets an average of 5 hours of peak sun every day. On a daily basis, the system should produce anything from 19 kW to 29 kW of solar energy, with an average of 24kW.
This output will depend on various factors including the following:
Your location is an important factor in determining the amount of energy that your 6kw solar system can produce. If the area has limited sunshine, the energy produced will be less compared to an area that gets high amounts of sunshine. For example, a 6kW solar power system can produce up to 27 kWh of power in Brisbane, but only 21 kWh of power in Melbourne.
As your solar power system ages, it will produce lesser power. Newer systems feature more advanced and improved technology that produces more power. When you have an older PV system, consider upgrading for optimal solar power production.
Solar Panel Orientation
How the solar panels are oriented with regard to the direction of the sunlight also affects the amount of power produced by the system. When the solar panels are at 90 degrees, they are likely to produce the most amount of energy. When there are limitations to this setup, your panels may be installed at 30 to 60 degrees. Even the angle of the roof has an impact on solar power output.
The inverter, shade, and maintenance are also important factors affecting the output of your 6kW solar power system. It is also important to know that such a system will require around 330 sq. ft. of area on the rooftop. The exact area will be affected by the wattage and size of the panels. Wattage refers to efficiency, and higher wattage of panels means more energy will be generated, thus delivering more power output from a smaller area.