Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter? This is one of the most pioneering questions we have come across among our clients across Canada. We decided to take this as an opportunity to bust all the myths associated with solar performance during winters. Well, the short answer to this question is…Yes!
The long answer to “Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?” is that solar panels work in winter weather, but due to snow, their output might get affected. Solar PVs have the ability to produce electricity even if they are exposed to mild sunlight, thereby producing electricity even during winters! An interesting and almost counterintuitive fact is that solar panels are more efficient in colder temperatures! Solar panel productivity comes down when the temperature becomes too hot, forcing hot countries to use sophisticated cooling systems to increase their performance.
Educating customers and our technical excellence are key priorities at our company. Although many websites have leaned towards being extremely optimistic about their production numbers, we prefer to give honest and conservatives figures.
Do solar panels work in the cold?
It is so intriguing to note that solar panels have a better performance during cold seasons as there is no overheating from the hotter temperatures. The photovoltaic technology in solar panels can more efficiently convert sunlight to power when they are colder. Further still, the panels are also able to catch the sunlight that reflects off the snow, adding to what the panels themselves could receive throughout the day.
Do Solar Panels work in the snow?
It is also important to keep in mind that solar panels can melt the snow off on their own as they operate at temperatures greater than the ambient. Even with minor amounts of snow coverage, sunlight can penetrate the snow to accelerate the melting process and generate electrons. While it may be true that there might be a performance drop when panels are covered with snow, the percentage of loss is minimal, which still makes them a great investment and a fantastic solution for reducing energy bills!
Do Solar Panels Require Maintenance during Winters?
We strongly recommend that homeowners do not clear the snow off their arrays because of the possible personal safety measures and it might also pose a potential risk to the array as well. If it is a ground-mounted system in an accessible location, you can brush them off with a soft brush. We also provide a FREE workmanship warranty for up to 1 year in addition to covering the equipment that we use under warranty!
Having a solar system installed can be difficult without external assistance. It requires a lot of paperwork, permits, and approvals. It can also be challenging as there may be specific regulations involved depending on your province. Solar X is a 100% Canadian-owned and operated company and is rated as one of the best solar panel contractors in Canada. Our team of experts will take care of all aspects of your solar project and be with you every step of the way.
The entire process can be done in these simple steps:
1: Send your power bill to us and get a free proposal of the design created exclusively for your roof.
2: Submit a solar application.
3: The project management team will take care of all the project requirements including submission of the rebate, permit, and approvals.
4: Solar X orders all necessary equipment and installs the system with a fully insured solar installer.
5: Meet your energy demands with solar and watch the savings start rolling in.
6: Refer friends or family and get extra credits.
Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about going solar. Schedule a call with us today to learn more about how solar can benefit your home. Be energy independent, save thousands on energy costs and go green by transitioning to solar today! Use this link to book a FREE online assessment: https://solar-x.ca/online-assessment/
A solar specialist will call you at your chosen time. Using satellite imagery, we will determine your home’s eligibility into the solar program & discuss your energy needs. We will also be able to answer any questions you may have on rebates, energy production, or incentives.
Book a no-obligation assessment today and see how simple and profitable going solar can be, regardless of the season!