Does Winter Weather Affect Home Solar Energy Production?

Those who invest in home solar are likely curious about how certain circumstances and conditions might affect their home energy production capabilities, especially when it comes to their local weather conditions.  

For the winter months especially, it’s important to understand how your home energy storage system holds up when put through the gauntlet. Sure, during sunny summer days your solar energy system might be running up to par, but does the same hold true when it gets frosty outside?

Below, Geneverse discusses how winter weather in particular might affect home solar energy production.

Sunlight During Winter Months

Although it is certainly true that winter weather can have an effect on home solar energy production, that doesn’t mean the effect has to be adverse. First, of course, sunlight intensity is different during the winter season. Shorter days and lower sun angles will more than likely reduce available sunlight to convert into usable energy. Cloud coverage also reduces sunlight availability. 

Snowy Days

Snow can accumulate on solar panels and cause obstructions for the absorption of sunlight. Keep in mind that solar panels are most often set up at an angle, which often allows snow to slide off. But this does not mean solar panels should be thought of as self-cleaning. It’s important to clear off any snow, ice, and debris from your solar panels so they operate at optimum capacity. 

Colder Temperatures

It might come as a surprise but lower temperatures can actually result in improved performance. However, when temperatures get extremely cold this can affect the efficiency of electrical components.

Modern solar energy systems have been designed to perform well under a variety of harsh conditions. Monitoring your solar energy system and its performance during the winter months and performing any necessary routine maintenance will help ensure you get the most out of your energy investment.

Winter Maintenance Tips

Routine maintenance should be performed year round for best results. Maintenance includes regular cleaning of solar panels and any external components that are subject to the elements. 

Clear any snow, ice, dirt, as well as any debris that accumulates. Using a soft brush or sponge will help ensure that you do not damage the panels. Avoid the use of sharp or abrasive materials when cleaning. You can also trim surrounding trees that might be compromising your solar panels for optimum performance.

Cleaning your panels will help maximize sun exposure, which will help your solar energy system produce the electricity you need to stay up and running.

It’s important to perform any necessary repairs as promptly as possible. Repairs should be performed by a certified professional who has knowledge and experience with your solar energy system in particular. Performing maintenance to your solar energy system on your own may void any associated warranty.

Go Green with Geneverse

Whether you’re looking for green energy products for your life on the go or you’re looking to install a home energy storage system, Geneverse has you covered. We provide products and solutions that help our customers achieve true energy independence, rain or shine.

About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable and cost-efficient source for solar energy. Our PowerPillar ESS integrates solar power, battery storage, not to mention grid and generator power sources that help our customers get the most out of their energy storage investment – all at the most competitive pricing on the market. We craft complete home energy systems that power energy independence rain or shine in addition to portable solar products that provide decentralized power during emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about Geneverse and how we can bring protection and security to your family/household by visiting our website today.

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