Did I just block my sunsetter solar shade with a gazebo?

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  1. nuraman00

    nuraman00 Getting the hang of it

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    I had the Sunsetter solar shade installed in 2015.

    I had the gazebo, on the right of the pic, installed a few days ago.

    Did I completely block the solar panel? Or is there there less light, but still sufficient light, to allow it to power?

    https://i.imgur.com/Jj6UkBa.jpg

    Here's a few from behind.

    https://i.imgur.com/0XF6sn1.jpg
     
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    You can't extend the awning now with the Gazebo in the way, can you? So, it doesn't matter.
     
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    nuraman00 Getting the hang of it

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    Thanks for the response.

    Extending the awning would block the solar panel for the sunsetter (left side of first pic) even more.

    I'm wondering if the solar panel could or should be re-positioned. Maybe lower? Or maybe there's a way to attach it to the awning, instead of being attached the way it is now.

    It was working fine for these 3+ years in the same position. But I'm wondering if the gazebo is now blocking some of its light.
     
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    If you try to extend the awning, the front portion of awning will physically hit the gazebo, correct? Thus you can't extend the awning whether the solar panel is working well or not. Gazebo is in its way. If you are wanting to just partially extend the awning to cover the gap between your roof and the gazebo, then all you can do is wait and see if time will tell.
     
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    nuraman00 Getting the hang of it

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    Do you think it's possible to reposition the solar panel? To another angle? You think something should be done though, right?
     
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    its a shade not an awning.
     
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    just see what happens
     
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    nuraman00 Getting the hang of it

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    Yes. I just realized there might be some confusion.

    I wasn't as clear in my OP.

    I have a Sunsetter drop-down shade (Easy Shade), not an awning. It goes over the sliding door.

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    So my concern was that the solar panel which controls the dropping and raising of the shade, might not get enough light now.
     
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    Thanks, I guess that's what I'll do. If there's one day where I see it doesn't open anymore (and it's not because the remote batteries are dead), then I'll have to try something else.
     
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    I'm sure there are programs to calculate sun angles and predict shadows based in your location and simulating different times of the year.

    But it is important to have full direct sunlight strike the entire panel, for most solar panels, for them to produce good power.
     
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    With all of the sun being blocked by the gazebo, is it really necessary to have a shade over the sliding door anymore?
     
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