Let it Snow: Solar Panels in the Winter

A popular myth among homeowners is that temperature affects solar panel efficiency, and we are here to answer why this cannot be farther from the truth! As we head into the winter season we are hearing more frequently the concerns of switching to solar in the winter and if it is worth it, Vision Solar is here to tell you why this should not be a concern.

First, let’s make it clear that panels just require sunlight to function, temperature is not a factor! It is normal for people to get confused due to the association with warm climates and sunlight but it is important not to confuse the two, especially as it relates to solar panel systems. 

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s address other concerns with the winter and panels, such as snow or ice buildup. Solar panels are strong enough to withhold extra weight, waterproof, and if you read our blog “Solar Panels vs. Natural Disasters” then you know solar panels are strong enough to withstand almost anything nature throws its way! 

So far we’ve addressed the myth that temperature does not affect energy production, and solar panels are strong enough to withstand almost anything. But what about heavy amounts of snow on the panels, won’t that affect efficiency? Luckily, snow on panels has little impact because the wind can easily blow it off. Light is able to forward scatter through a sparse coating, reaching the panel to produce electricity and it usually melts off quickly but if you would still like to ensure your panels are squeaky clean, you can always clean your panels during the winter. 

 

All in all, winter is no match for your solar panel system and it shouldn’t stop you from all the benefits that come with making the switch to solar energy! Let it Snow!

Get started on your journey this winter season by requesting a free consultation from our professional team. 

Or Call 1-877-77-SOLAR



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