Technology is constantly advancing, and it is important to stay up to date on solar panel innovations. More than ever, solar panels are able to generate electricity during the winter months and are less susceptible to snow.
Cold Weather Performance
A common myth about solar panels is that they will not work in the winter months. But in fact, solar panel efficiency may improve during the winter months.
Obviously, solar panels cannot operate with snow covering them, especially for long periods of time. Panels need direct sunlight in order to operate properly. But with the right equipment you can still generate electricity in the winter.
Solar panels are designed to sit at an angle, which helps reduce snow build up. It also helps snow slide right off of most solar panel installations. But a solar panel snow rake can help consumers remove snow build up safely from solar panels and not damage them.
Additionally, solar panels are designed to be able to withstand specific weight limits for instances where snow (or other material) builds on top of them. Higher pressure ratings on your panels indicate they can withstand larger snow limits.
Solar Power in Colder Climates
Like other electronic devices, solar panels are designed to generate more power and work more efficiently in colder temperatures compared to warmer ones. As long as solar panels are not buried under large amounts of snow, they can still generate power efficiently in the shorter winter days.
If you don’t believe us, just ask Germany which is a leader in solar electricity generation despite their colder climate and whose sunshine levels compare to Alaska.
Still have questions about generating power during winter months? Contact Sunrise Solar today to see how you can maximize your solar electrical output even in a colder climate.