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Do Solar Panels Work At Night?

December 10th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia

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Between learning the lingo of solar panel ownership and figuring out what type of panels to add to your solar panel system, the process of buying solar panels can involve asking a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions our solar experts see pop up: “How do solar panels work at night?”

The process of buying solar panels can involve asking a lot of questions. First, you have to learn the solar panel lingo and then you have to determine how that applies to you. Of all the questions one can ask, one of the biggest that our solar experts see is this — how do solar panels work at night? 

In short: Solar panels do not produce electricity at night, but that does not mean you can’t make use of the electricity you’ve produced and stored when it’s dark outside! We discuss this more in-depth below. 

When Do Solar Panels Produce Electricity?

As long as the sun is out, solar panels are hard at work. Sunlight can even pass through cloud cover, so panels will be producing electricity on cloudy days! Granted, the amount of electricity generated on a cloudy day will not be as much as the amount produced with a clear, blue sky. 

Once the sun sets though, there is no sunlight to be gathered. Solar panels cannot actively produce electricity without their source of power available, so you’ll need a method in place to use your solar power overnight. What’s our recommended method? Backup batteries provide a convenient method of accessing your excess solar power no matter the time of day. 

How Can You Access This Electricity Overnight?

Solar power from your panels can be accessed at night or during power outages with the help of a backup battery system. This allows you to store your excess electricity and access it for later use. You’d be able to help power selected portions of your home at night  with this source in place, making it a valuable part of your solar system. 

By relying less on grid power, your home’s carbon footprint is lowered. The backup battery system is a stepping stone toward creating a more eco-friendly home even after the sun sets! 

Alternatively, you could use the backup battery system as a backup power source for grid outages. Don’t limit your use to the scenarios here, as there are four power modes to suit your home’s individual energy needs. 

Solar Panels For A 24/7 Home

At Pink Energy, we understand that nighttime is when a lot of power use happens. Whether you’re looking to power nightlights in your child’s room or your fridge, our solar panels and a sturdy battery backup system can keep selected portions of your home running for a limited time (insert battery disclosure superscript). 

Have any more questions about solar panels? We’re sure you do! Get in touch with one of our solar experts to learn more about how our American-made solar panels can function as a part of your home’s energy setup. 

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