Solar Panel Output in Cold Weather
Installing solar panels is an excellent way to save on energy costs, but when the weather turns colder, you might wonder if this will affect your energy output. Some common misconceptions exist about solar panels and how they work in cold weather. Let’s see what you can expect if you live in a colder climate.
Solar Production in Cold Weather
The good news is that solar panels are not affected by changes in temperatures. The myth that solar panels will not work as well in the cold likely comes from experience with lead-acid car batteries. If you have ever had the experience of having a dead car battery in the morning due to the cold, even though it was fine the night before, then you might wonder if the same holds true for your solar panels. The susceptibility of car batteries to the cold is due to the effects of cold on liquid or gel in the battery, but the cold will not affect your solar panels in the same way. A lack of sunlight affects your solar panels more than the temperature.
Frozen Precipitation and Solar Panels
Another concern people have is whether sleet or snow will affect their solar panels. Today’s solar panels are durable and can handle some weight. If they’re temporarily covered by frozen precipitation, it likely won’t remain on them long as the solar panels tend to heat up quickly.
While daylight savings in the fall and winter makes for shorter days, there are still plenty of hours of sunlight and energy production to make your solar panels beneficial. And while you may not produce as much electricity during the winter as you do during the longer days of spring and summer, it’s important to look at the annual savings your solar panel system and battery storage bring. These significant savings make solar a worthwhile investment no matter what season we’re in.
Warm Up to Solar Savings with GVEC
GVEC Solar Services provides services in Gonzales, TX, and surrounding areas for those looking to install solar panels and battery storage units. We provide complete services that include custom designs, installation and maintenance of the system from our noncommissioned energy solutions specialists and technicians. Call 855.898.8807 today to see how solar can help reduce your energy costs year round!