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Is seasonality influencing solar panel production?

January 23rd, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia

We’re well into the winter season, and for those with solar panels, you may be looking at your electric bill and wondering why you’re not seeing the production and savings you enjoyed during the summer months.

Solar Panel Savings: Summer vs. Winter

There are reasons for that, of course. The winter months are generally cloudier than summer days, and winter days are also shorter. Combine those two facts, and you won’t be getting the same production as you might see on a sunny, summer day, when there is also additional daylight hours for electricity generation. And snow can be a factor too. If your panels are covered by snow, that also will hinder production until the snow melts or is removed with a product such as a Roof Rake that’s designed to clean off the panels without damaging them.

But here’s the great news. With the winter solstice behind us, we’ve already seen the shortest day of the winter. The days only get longer from here, and that gives your solar panels additional opportunities for produce energy. And as the clouds part and more sun arrives, you’ll really begin to see why you went solar in the first place – for the tremendous savings on your electric bill!

That’s why it’s important to note that the goal of your solar energy system is to offset your energy usage over an entire year, not any given day, week, or month. In the sunnier summer months, your system can generate more energy than you use, generating electric bill credits. In the cloudier, winter months, your system may generate less energy than you use, and you can use the credits you generated during the summer.

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So if you’re seeing a slight variance in your solar production, know that seasonality is the likely culprit. But if you’re looking at your electric bill and noticing a greater disparity, that’s an opportunity to check out your solar production via the SolarEdge monitoring app that’s available for customers. If there’s still concern about your production, please call us at 800-765-2715, and we would be happy to look into it for you. We’ll crunch the numbers after looking at your three most recent electric bills and get you the answers you need.

Why Go Solar?

For those who still haven’t gone solar, know that there’s never been a better time to do so than now! Sign up to see if your home qualifies today. For those that do go solar, know that there’s a 30 percent federal tax credit that will be expiring at the end of 2019 and will be replaced by a 26 percent credit. Saying yes to solar now will get you in line for building up the solar electricity credits that will come from those sunnier, summer months. And when your utility company raises its rates, you won’t feel the pain as badly as your non-solar neighbors will. That’s the beauty of solar – saving money and owning your power.

With our innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost. The solar panels installed on your home are American-made and come with an industry-leading 30-year warranty.

Please feel free to fill out the form below or contact Pink Energy at (877) 4-GO-Pink, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.

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