After installation, solar panels can generate electricity year-round. They can reduce your home’s electricity costs and provide clean, efficient energy. Renewable energy is beneficial for reducing greenhouse gases. Furthermore, solar panels can also generate electricity during winter.
Many people believe that solar panels only work in warm climates, but they are well-known for their excellent performance throughout the country. Therefore, it is worth exploring how solar panels perform during winter. Let’s get started!
Are Solar Panels Safe to Use in Snow?
Winter brings not only the cold but also snow, which may raise questions for consumers considering solar panels. You may be wondering what happens to your solar panels when it snows and if it affects power generation. It’s normal to be concerned about the impact of snow on solar panels.
However, even though it’s snowy, your solar panels can still produce energy as they can receive sunlight despite being covered in snow. The sunlight keeps the solar panels generating electricity.
Moreover, you can also clear snow from the solar panels, provided your solar system is easily accessible. To make it easier for snow to slide off solar panels, you can use a roof rake, which will speed up the thawing process. You can also dust off the snow, and this will not damage the solar panels. Professional installers can install PV modules at a higher angle, allowing snow to slide off easily.
Interestingly, the extra snow covering the panels acts like a mirror during cold days. It helps reflect sunlight onto photovoltaics, resulting in increased production.
In conclusion, snow may not significantly impact the power generation of solar panels, and with some maintenance and adjustments, solar panels can still produce energy efficiently during the winter season.
This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is the top choice for solar panels in Tampa FL! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!