Solar Power Won’t Leave You In The Dark During The Winter

By   January 2, 2017

A lot of people think that solar power is useless in the cold, dark winter months. In reality though, there are some cases where the bitter cold months are the best for solar power.

One of the reasons is because solar energy systems and installations are at their lowest price!

But Does Solar Power Panels Work During The Winter?

If you’re a homeowner, you probably have more memories of winters being cold, dark, and snowy and this makes you wonder if solar power panels will even work during the winter. Especially if you live in an area that is known for its winter!  But you don’t have to live in Los Angeles, Orlando, or Phoenix to get strong performance from a solar power system.

Even the areas that have three or four months of winter, the sunlight is often the strongest then. You simply have shorter days. And when it comes to the snow, the problems are minimal for a solar power system.

Some things you should be aware of before you make that solar power investment if you live in an area with long winters:

  1. Solar panels are designed to hold a certain weight limit and undergo pressure testing that assesses their durability. In most cases, snow isn’t that heavy.  There are different types of panels and they each have a rating that indicates the highest pressure it can withstand.
  2. When solar panels, they won’t produce power, that’s just common sense. However, they are easy to clean and since they are installed at an angle, most of the time, the snow will slide off. However, on really cold days, that may take too much time and your intervention is needed. Ask the contractor that installs your solar power system about a solar panel snow rake. These are made just for the purpose of removing snow without damaging the solar panels.
  3. As we stated earlier, cold, sunny days are good for solar energy panels – if you keep them clear of the snow.  Just like other electronics, solar power panels work better in cooler weather than hotter environments. You simply need to schedule your power usage around when the sun is at its brightest during the winter months.

Those Temp Shifts from Night to Morning

It isn’t unusual during the winter for temps to have extreme shifts from nighttime to morning. And yes, that can cause havoc on conventional solar cells and solar power panels. There are specially designed cells and solar power panels that are engineered different to accommodate such swings in temps though.

They don’t have any metal on the front and the complete back is covered with copper foundation that is plated with tin. This minimizes corrosion and is far less likely for any breakage to happen to the solar power cells when the temps swing. Be sure to ask the contractor you go with for your solar power installation about these special made cells.