If you’re considering purchasing solar panels for your home or business, you might be wondering if they work during the winter. There’s not much sun getting through those clouds and heavy snow is falling, so how could a solar panel possibly produce energy to power your home?
Solar Panels in the Winter
Contrary to popular belief, solar panels do work during the winter. In fact, cold temperatures typically improve solar panel output. As the temperature drops, the photovoltaic (PV) technology in solar panels more effectively convert sunlight to power. Furthermore, solar panels can catch the sunlight reflected off of white snow, improving PV performance.
What About Snow?
Although it is generally rare in California, snow clobbered the Sierra Nevada mountain range this past winter. At the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort, over 47 feet of snow fell during the season, including a 45-year record of 23 ½ feet in January alone. While the snow won’t always last, it can be a problem for certain solar panel owners in California.
A solar panel covered in snow cannot produce power, but most panels are tilted at an angle and slippery when wet, making it easier for snow to slide off on its own. If the snow persists, you can invest in a solar panel snow rake or similar tool made for removing snow, without damaging the panels. You should also be careful when cleaning your panels, as they tend to be located in difficult-to-access areas on the roof of your home or building.
Note: Do not ever use the sharp edge of a metal roof rake to clean solar panels, as the damage may not be covered under warranty.
Contact Us for California Solar Panel Installation
Our Redlands solar installation specialists can provide all the information you need to start your transition to solar, by discussing the installation process and post-installation maintenance. Going solar is not only beneficial to the environment, it can also reduce or eliminate your utility bill and possibly increase the overall value of your property. You can also benefit from a 30% federal tax credit and state solar panel rebates.
Call (909) 480-3783 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation and speak with a Sea Bright Solar representative today!