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Do Solar Panels Work In Cold Weather?

October 25th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia

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Solar customers living in colder climates or locations with heavy snowfall during winter months may be worried about how cold weather will impact their solar panel system’s electricity output. Fortunately, solar panels are actually more efficient at lower temperatures. Let’s discuss how solar panels can help meet your home’s energy needs year round, no matter where you live. 

How Do Solar Panels Work In Cold Climates?

Solar panels capture energy from the sun’s rays and convert it into usable electricity for your home. To do this effectively, your solar panel system need only be clear of debris or precipitation and able to receive direct sunlight. Even in low light or under cloud cover, which may be more common during the colder months of the year, your solar panels will continue capturing energy from the sun. In fact, your solar panels will even receive enough sunlight during winter to produce electricity for your home.

How Does Snow Impact Solar Panels?

Rooftop solar panels are typically self-clearing and need little intervention once installed to maintain efficiency. However, under snowy or icy conditions, buildup may occur atop your solar panels and limit their ability to capture sunlight. Usually, snow and ice will melt, sliding off your solar panels as the day warms. Your free, in-home assessment will involve a review of your roof and how this may impact your solar panels’ ability to remain clear. Pink Energy will keep climate, annual snowfall and your home’s energy needs in mind when developing your custom solar panel system.

Meet Your Home’s Energy Needs In Winter With a Solar Backup Battery

If you’re concerned about meeting your home’s energy needs under heavy winter weather conditions, it may be a good idea to store excess solar energy in a solar backup battery. With the backup battery, you can build a supply of stored solar electricity to be tapped when you need it most, like during a winter storm or power outage. Using the battery’s clean backup mode, you can send all solar energy created by your solar panels directly to the battery in order to maintain its full storage capacity. Should a heavy winter storm lead to grid failure and blanket your solar panels, you can still power the most essential parts of your home with your stored solar electricity.3

Consult A Pink Energy Expert To Go Solar Today

Solar electricity can help you immediately reduce your carbon footprint and lead a more energy-efficient lifestyle all year long. Ready to join the solar movement? Contact your local team of Pink Energy experts for your free quote today!

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