Do Solar Panels Work in the Snow?

snow-909_640With all of the winter weather approaching, solar energy may be the last thing on your mind. People tend to associate solar panels with the bright summer sun, but in reality solar power can energize your home year-round. The benefits of a home solar system don’t end when the snow begins to fall.

The first misconception that people have when it comes to solar energy is that somehow solar panels are affected by warmth from the sun. In actuality, solar panels do not receive any energy from heat. No matter the temperature outside, your solar panels will still be converting sunlight into energy you can use in your home. This even includes the snowy weather.

Snow-Covered Solar Panels

When a solar company comes to install solar panels on your home, they will pick the points on your property that receive the most sunlight. Naturally, these positions are also the places where snow will melt the fastest. Given the slick nature of solar panels, it’s also easy to just push away any snow that isn’t melting quickly enough. Additionally, snow can sometimes act as a reflector for the sun, directing more sunlight into the panels.

In the event that your solar panels are covered with snow, and you can’t remove it, our home solar systems are grid-tied. All of the energy that your home generates but doesn’t use will be credited to the grid. If you suddenly stop generating energy, you can use those credits to gain power at no charge. Should your usage exceed your credit, you’ll just receive a small utility bill for the excess power.

Don’t let weather in the Tri-State area scare you away from going solar. This is a smart investment — no matter the weather.