While solar energy is more widespread than ever, there are still some persistent myths that keep some people from adopting it themselves. One of the most common misconceptions is that solar panels won’t generate any energy on cloudy days. But this isn’t actually the case.
Can Solar Panels Produce Energy On Cloudy Days?
Solar panels rely on ultraviolet light from the sun to produce energy. Even on an overcast day, UV rays are still able to get through the clouds. As a result, your solar panels will still produce energy. Depending on how cloudy it is, they may only produce 25 percent as much energy as normal. If you use a lot of energy on such days, you may need to draw power from the grid or your system’s solar battery.
Are There Times When Solar Panels Won’t Work?
The one time when solar panels won’t generate any energy is at night. After all, when the sun is down, there isn’t going to be any sunlight to provide power! Because of this, homes that use solar rely on the grid or a solar battery to provide electricity at night. These sources send excess energy that the solar panels produced during the day.
If you are interested in solar panels for your home, contact Sunrise Solar. Our team can determine the best location on your property for a solar installation to maximize the effectiveness of this green energy source, no matter what the weather is like.