Awnings are attached above windows to provide shade. Solar awnings take advantage of intense sunshine to generate electricity for your home or business while shading the sun’s heat. Integrated into the top of a solar awning are photovoltaic solar electric panels that produce energy. Solar awnings are also able to be positioned, making it easy to set at the optimal angle seasonally for an additional performance benefit.
Solar awnings provide a convenient and economic option for homeowners and commercial property managers to experiment with solar electricity before making a major investment to generate electricity from a much larger rooftop systems. But remember, before you purchase be sure to evaluate whether your solar awnings will be located in a sunny area and not in the shade of other objects including other structures and trees. Solar awnings located in the shade offer little benefit.