What do I need to know about solar panel shading?

This article explains how a shaded solar panel can affect solar-powered products and shows some examples of poor installation.

Below are a few key points on solar panel shading:

  • All solar-powered products should be installed in a location that is away from obstructions (buildings, trees, power lines, etc).
  • Even minor shading can affect the ability of a battery to recharge properly.
  • Major shading will cause the battery to prematurely deplete and the system to stop functioning.
Minor Shading Major Shading

minor shading on a solar panel example

Major shading in a poor location

an example of major shading on a solar panel

For more information, read our article on shading.

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