Solar Energy and Efficiency During Winter Months

Solare Energy offers homeowners a summary of how the weather in winter affect the efficiency of home solar panel systems.

San Diego, CA (I-Newswire) December 23, 2013 - A lot of folks wonder, does Solar Energy actually work during winter? Perhaps the most common query - Is there enough sunlight during the day to sustain solar energy needs in the evening? The answer is, YES! In fact, solar panel solutions work at their optimum during the colder months. Believe it or not, blue winter skies can actually produce some surprising levels of power on an hourly basis in contrast with summertime. That's because solar energy harnesses the power of sunlight, it has nothing to do with the amount of heat the sun produces. Even cloudy days produce enough diffused light for the solar panels to soak-up and use for energy.

There are a few factors that can impact energy production such as shorter days and cloud cover. These variables can mitigate overall electricity output compared to the summer months. If you live where it snows, be cognizant that snow covered panels will cease to produce power. However, snow typically melts quickly as the sun breaks through. Brushing the off the snow will resume solar panel operation. Working with an expert on the model and placement of your solar panels can significantly increase their efficiency, especially during the winter. A highly recommended position of your panels is as close to south facing as possible, avoiding shade brought on by nearby buildings or trees.

If you're concerned about what happens when the solar panels are unable to produce power - keep in mind that this is only temporary - if the electrical needs exceed the solar power output, the local utility will kick-in and make up for the shortfall. In contrast, when more energy is produced than a home requires, the excess power is exported to the utility grid, which actually reverses the electrical meter!

Either way, there's a saving benefit to be had, not to mention the positive impact you'll be making from an ecological standpoint.

If you're considering solar panels for your home, definitely do your research, then call an expert to help you determine the best option.

About Solare Energy: Solare Energy provides residential and commercial customers in San Diego County with smart energy solutions. Our solutions integrate solar and energy efficiency systems, and provide the highest energy, economical, and environmental benefits to customers. We have unmatched contracting experience in the design and installation of solar panel solutions such as photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating, solar pool heating, as well as energy efficiency systems such as LED lighting, air sealing, duct sealing, insulation, heating, air conditioning, and pool pump systems.

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