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.


minor shading on a solar panel example

An example of minor shading on a solar panel.

Major shading will cause the battery to prematurely deplete and the system to stop functioning.


Major shading in a poor location
an example of major shading on a solar panel


For more information, read our article on shading.