Are Solar Panels Worth it During the Winter Months?

2022 has seen many positive steps toward eliminating carbon emissions and reliance on high energy prices, and nowhere has that been more prominent than in the world of commercial solar panels.

Renewable energy is no longer an option, but an essential requirement for businesses looking to cut their costs down against the rising energy providers. Those who have invested in solar panels in 2022 are already noticing the difference, especially when conserving excess solar power in a battery storage unit.

The big question as the long summer days start to fade out is whether commercial solar is still a benefit during the winter months when it is darker earlier and it is cloudier until the better part of March.

How Solar Works

Solar panels operate numerous linked photovoltaic cells that, when hit by sunlight, generate a flow of electricity, and take the reliance off of the national grid to power your business. Naturally, this means that your energy bills are reduced as a result.

With the darker months, it is reasonable to assume that you will not be getting the same amount of power input. What you may not realise is that only some daylight is required to harness the sun’s green energy.

A big myth surrounding commercial solar is warmer temperatures play their part in making your system more efficient. Colder temperatures do a much better and more efficient job for your panels. What you need to remember is that solar is attained through light, not heat.

Modern solar panels also work extremely well in cloudy climates, even if the daylight is not as strong. The sun still comes out when it’s a cloudy day, and even if it rains your solar panels will be more efficient due to it cleaning off your debris and dirt from the panels.

Let’s say you are in a part of the country that sees a lot of heavy snowfall. It is safe to assume that snow blocking your panels will affect the amount of light absorbed by your panels. Whilst this will affect the input a little, a correctly mounted panel will make snow slide off or melt due to the residual heat they produce.

Would a Battery Storage Be Required?

Many businesses have gone the extra mile with their system and included solar battery storage, even when there are fewer hours of daylight. It is seen as a good investment for when the longer sunnier days return so they can achieve a higher amount of time separated from grid reliance.

Other businesses tap into the ability to sell their excess power back to the grid and make some profit from their investment. These batteries store the excess electricity sourced by your panel and can be used throughout the evening or even stored for use on overcast or darker days.

A lot of the benefits of commercial solar for your business are to be discovered, and talking with a professional installer from Positive Energy Solutions helps you to understand your requirements.

Contact our team today to learn how renewable energy works for you.

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