Do solar panels work when it’s raining?
The beginning of the year always brings some of the most atrocious rainfall that you will see all year, giving the only daylight that you get a darker and more depressing period of the year to get through.
The UK is notorious for its bad weather, which is always one of those reasons that businesses throw into the air when discussing commercial solar to power their business. How exactly can you get the benefit of renewable energy in solar panels if the sun is buried behind the rain? Surely these panels are affected by this heavy cloud and water, right?
When it rains, solar production will be reduced due to the limited sunlight, which means you will find yourself having to rely on some additional grid electricity to make up for the loss if you do not have a battery storage system.
Contrary to the popular myth that a commercial solar panels system will only work when the sun is shining, you can still use your solar panels during rainy days and overcast days – it will just be harnessing less power than a regular day that is bright and sunny. What you may not consider is that heavy rainfall plays an even greater benefit in fully cleaning down your panels from the accumulated dust and debris that builds up over time.
What you are effectively getting is a solution that will make your system run more effectively and efficiently when the sun comes back.
Aside from covering your daytime consumption levels, there is the above-mentioned option of adding a solar battery to your system to further your electricity security. Solar panels can charge these batteries during the day to use them on days when bad weather reduces your generation.
These batteries can also store energy that can be used throughout the evening or whenever grid blackouts occur, keeping your business free from any downtime and keeping operations on target. Batteries are an additional expense and require replacing over time once they have reached their maximum life cycle. With a major focus for businesses on running on green energy, whilst reducing their operating costs, solar battery storage is a strong backup to your heavy rainfall periods.
Always consult a commercial solar installer to get the very best for your company’s needs when it comes to combatting bad weather effects on your solar panels. Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today.