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Photo of a nice house with solar panels.
Can I face my home solar panels east?
To generate the maximum electricity from your solar panels, you want them pointed south (if you live in Northern Hemisphere), but sometimes you don’t have much of a choice. Most homeowners mount their solar panels on their roof and consequently only have a couple orientations to choose from. (This is also known as azimuth, where 0° means pointing north and 180° is south.) Solar panels will work if you face them east: on average, east-facing solar panels will generate about 80% as much electricity as they would if pointed directly south.