As we’ve written in the past, solar panel tech has dramatically increased in efficiency in recent years. Thanks to this, your panels can still generate power during the winter — even if there’s some snow on them. Despite this, some pre-winter prep is a good idea to maximize your energy production.
Trim Trees and Bushes
If your solar panels are installed near trees or bushes, it will probably be a good idea to trim back your plant life. Even if a tree is farther away, branches could get blown onto the solar panels during a strong storm, which could potentially cause damage. Maintaining your landscaping for the winter will protect the panels and reduce shade cover so they can absorb more sunlight.
Inspect the Panels
As you go about your fall cleanup, take a little extra time to inspect the panels themselves. Look for signs of cracks or breaks, which are more likely to occur during the fall as a result of landscape debris.
Test Your Battery Supply
The greatest solar panel array is ultimately only as good as its battery, which provides power to the home after the sun goes down. Inspect the life of your battery storage to ensure that it is sufficient for your home’s needs — especially since there is less sunlight during the winter.
By taking these simple steps, you can have confidence that your solar panels will deliver the energy you need all winter long. If you’re interested in a new solar panel installation for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll help you set up a custom system specifically designed for your property’s needs.