Will Solar Panels Work in the Snow?

You may be among the many that have the misinformation that temperatures drop in the winter months because the Earth is furthest from the sun during this timeframe. Earth is farthest from the sun during the July period and closest to the sun during January. Temperatures do drop in the winter months – but what would that mean for domestic or commercial solar panels and their performance during the cold months? Do solar panels work in the snow?

Do Solar Panels Work During the Snowy Months?

It is a commonly held belief that solar panels do not work in the snowy seasons – and it is more a myth than a belief.

As long as solar panels do not remain covered in snow for extended periods, solar panels work just as well in the winter, even in the snow. Heavy snowfall can affect sunlight penetration to a reducing level, but your panels will still produce more electricity than you probably expect them to during the season.

Solar panels also produce more heat from the sun than your roof surface does, which means it helps to melt snow more quickly and enables your solar system to produce more power even with snow on the ground. Solar panels are also designed to hold between 20 and 40 pounds of weight per square foot, which means snow is not typically on the list of risks. When manufactured, one of the key tests that are performed is pressure tests that assess quality and durability.

Do They Require Winter Maintenance?

Once solar panels are installed, they remain virtually maintenance-free for the majority of the year, including the winter months. The most you may have to do is give them a bit of a brush off if you have ground positioned solar panels.

Solar battery storage is another important thing to consider during the winter months, allowing you to store up energy regardless of day-to-day usage. By amassing all the electricity your panels have produced and saving it for use within the home, you can make better use of it rather than sending it back to the grid.

This will allow you to be able to tap into that stored energy during any period where you need more power than your panels are producing – such as at night or on cloudier days.

How Effective are they?

Do solar panels work in the snow? The important factor to remember here is that when it comes to solar energy, it is not about the warmth they receive – it’s about the sunlight they receive, which does not need to be beaming with direct sunlight to achieve.

When it comes to your concerns, you will only know the specifics of your renewable energy position when discussed with a professional installer. Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today to find out more.

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