It is a question that always seems to find its way into a conversation when bringing up the prospect of installing a solar panel system within the UK? Granted, the UK is known for some of the most diverse weather patterns in the world, and everyone seems to have a joke about the constant rain the country seems to have throughout the year.
But is there merit in the comment that it is not worth having a solar panel system installed due to the constant barrage of cloudy and rainy weather?
Will They Even Work?
The answer is yes, solar panel systems will still work even if the weather is not doing what it should be.
Granted, solar power production will be less than those days when the sun is shining brightly and no clouds are overhead, but then that is to be expected. Cloudy and rainy days will present fewer particles of light to hit the panels and therefore will not create a high flow of electricity – but that is common sense after all.
Whilst the power output is reduced, you are still saving money on power whenever it is being generated by your system. The added benefit that rain does provide is that it washes your solar panels clean and helps to maintain their effectiveness – so that means that rain is more a benefit than a downside.
But Will They Work in Low Light?
Regardless of what anyone says, solar panels will work in low-light environments, mainly because panels only require a minimal number of photons to generate an electricity flow and provide power to the home.
Solar panels work by allowing photons to knock electrons free from atoms, which generate a flow of electricity in the panel. In most cases, a solar panel system will be productive before the sun can even be seen in the sky.
A system will continue to work on cloudy days as the sun’s rays will continue to push through the clouds and will still operate after the sun has set as long as photons are still available. Solar power production will be slimmer in the early morning, late evening and on cloudy days due to the lower levels of light, but the power generated will still end up saving you money that would usually go to your grid provider.
Bad weather patterns do not make solar panel systems a bad investment. Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today for all enquiries on domestic and commercial solar, solar panel cost and renewable energy solutions.