The Solar Pathfinder Takes The Guesswork Out of Going Solar
If you're thinking about installing solar panels, the Solar Pathfinder is a tool you'll want to have. In fact, you might even say that the Pathfinder is a solar installer's best friend.
Well, sometimes with solar power the little things have really big effects. This is especially true in the area of solar site evaluation (AKA: "Now where's the best spot for these here solar panels?").
Even the smallest amount of shading on a solar panel can cut its power output considerably. This means you'll want to know about any shading issues throughout the year before you decide where to put your shiny new solar panels.
One way of doing this would be to take a year off work, set up a lawn chair, and stare at your potential solar panel site for twelve months to get an idea of how much sunlight the area will receive.
Another option, which may be better for your career and your sanity, is to invest in a Pathfinder.
This cool tool will show you a site's solar potential for the entire year in a matter of minutes.
The Pathfinder consists of a clear plastic dome on a platform which is mounted on a tripod base.
All you need to do is:
Put the Pathfinder where you're thinking of installing solar panels
Make sure the built-in compass is pointing north
Make sure the bubble level is in the centre of the circle
View the Pathfinder from directly over top of the unit
Use the provided wax pencil to trace a line on the diagram around the shaded areas
Presto! You have all the solar data you need for your potential solar site. You know what time of day the sun will rise and set on your site for every month of the year.