Average Solar Panel Dimensions and Sizes
As solar panels continue to rise in popularity for homeowners, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with information. A common question homeowners face: what dimension of solar panel do you need? Are there standard solar panel dimensions?
Residential solar panels generally do come in standard sizes. But there are caveats. For example, if your roof is irregularly sized, it may be more challenging for your solar panel installation contractor to source alternative sizes. The general goal when looking at solar panel dimensions is to aim for the size that produces enough energy to make a dent in your electric bill.
Here’s what you need to know.
Average Residential Solar Panel Dimensions
Residential solar panels are typically about 66 x 40 in. per panel plus an added roughly 2 inches per side for the frame. Panels typically weigh about 40 pounds. The average 2,000 square foot home will need 16 to 25 panels. Of course, there will be some deviations in these dimensions depending on the make and manufacturer.
Here’s an overview for some of the top solar brands and their standard size:
|SunPower A-Series Residential Solar Panels||72.2 x 40 in.||1.57 in.||High efficiency|
|SunPower 50 W and 110 W Flex||45.9 x 21.9 in.||0.8 in.||Ideal for smaller spaces|
|Alpha Black REC360AA||67.76 x 10 in.||1.18 in.||Good for extreme weather conditions|
|SunPower X-Series||61.3 x 41.2 in.||1.8 in.||High efficiency|
|LG 390W High Efficiency LG NeON® R Prime||68.5 x 41 in.||1.5 in.||Efficient in cloudy weather|
|Panasonic EverVolt™ Series Module EVPV380||67.8 x 40.0 in.||1.2 in.||Ideal for extreme heat|
|Trina Residential 365W||72.91 x 39.21 in.||1.38 in.||High efficiency|
|Jinko Solar EAGLE 72HM G2||79.06 x 39.45 in.||1.57 in.||25-year warranty|
|Winaico WSP-MX PERC WSP-340MX||67.13 x 40.47 in.||1.38 in.||Efficient in weak light|
|Mission Solar Energy MSE330SR8K||65.98 x 39.68 in.||1.58 in.||High efficiency|
Different Solar Panel Sizes and Dimensions
The reasoning behind having most solar panels be about the same size is that it creates an industry standard and allows for uniform installation. It also makes comparisons between brands and models easier in terms of assessing potential power. Uniform sizing also makes it easier to estimate how many solar panels you will need, or how many solar panels will fit on your roof.
Still, there will be times when standard-sized solar panels won’t work for a homeowner. Tiny homes, for instance, do not have large enough roofs to compensate for that home’s energy needs.
There are also cases where a homeowner does not want or need to generate as much solar energy as a roof with standard-sized panels would collect. In that case, smaller panels may be a better fit. This may also depend on where your home’s regional location impacts your energy needs and capacity.
Companies like SunPower Corp manufacture residential solar panels that are smaller in size, making them ideal for scenarios where your roof is smaller or you don’t need to convert as much solar energy into power for your home.