Sunny Side Up determines the optimal angle of solar panels based on your location and the time of year. Different locations receive sun at different angles. Near the equator, the sun is approximately 90 degrees from the surface of the earth, but if you are north or south of the equator, the sun’s rays arrive at a shallower angle to the earth’s surface. You can either set your solar panel at a fixed angle based on latitude, or you can adjust the angle throughout the year. We recommend optimizing the angle once a month if your panels are adjustable.
How it works
Sunny Side Up looks at your location and the time of year. Your solar panels should always face towards the equator and angled towards the sun at the brightest time of day. Your latitude, or angular distance from the equator, is the only part of your location that matters. If you aren’t optimizing based on time of year, the angle of your panels should face true south at an angle equal to your latitude. To increase your energy gains, you can adjust your tilt seasonally because the sun is higher in the summer than in the winter.
Challenges I ran into
Our project was full of firsts for all of us. None of us had done any mobile development before, or used Azure. But our constant question asking--and Googling--meant that we learned a lot along the way. It seemed like the things that we thought would be the most simple like, "how can I make this sweet After Effects animation part of my app?" gave us the most trouble. Sunny Side Up is still in development, but we do have a working prototype.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We have a cute logo.
What I learned
We learned that after a certain point, sometimes it's better to just get an hour of sleep if your eyes are glazing over and you notice you're reading the same line over and over again.
What's next for Sunny Side Up
Getting our app out on the market--for free of course!
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