Three simple steps to calculate how many solar panels you need.
Step 1: Determine your solar array size in kW and enter it into the calculator below.
Step 2: Decide which solar panels you want to use, and enter the DC Watt rating of the specific solar panel model you want to use into the calculator below.
- Example: Suntech STP210-18/Ub-1 are rated at 210 DC Watts. Sunpower 230-WHT are rated 230 DC Watts.
Step 3: Calculate!
- Formula: Number of Panels = (Array Size in kW * 1,000 W/kW) / Solar Panel DC Watt rating.
Hint: Now you’re wondering how much roof space that many panels will need. Well a general estimate is 17-20 sqft per panel. So if you need 20 panels, you’ll need 340-400 sqft of unobstructed (mostly South-facing) roof space.