Preparing for Solar in the Winter and Snow

Ashleigh AngellOctober 17, 20188360

Preparing for Solar in the Winter and Snow

With winter quickly approaching, many new solar panel owners are worried about what impacts the snow will have on their systems. There are actually a variety of factors that could affect your solar system during these upcoming chilly months, so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for all of them. Keep reading this blog to get a guide on how to deal with your solar panels during the winter and what things you should be looking out for when the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall.

General winter efficiency.

Generally, it being cold should not be causing a lower kWh production or higher electricity bills. If it’s freezing outside but you aren’t noticing several days of cloud cover or snow, you should be checking your system to see if anything is wrong. The temperature outside has absolutely nothing to do with how your solar panels perform. If, however, you notice multiple cloudy days and a lot of snowfall, this could be the culprit. Luckily, if you’re on the grid, you’ll simply need to pay a bit more during these rough patches. If you’re off grid, however, you’ll need to figure out energy conservation techniques to make sure you are producing enough energy to keep your home up and running.

What to do if snow falls all over your system.

Unfortunately, snow falling onto your system will cause under-performance and could cause your system to not produce energy all together. If you notice any snowfall on your system that sticks, you’re going to want to clear it off right away. If your panels are tilted, you might be able to get away with not having to do anything, as it might fall off on its own. However, if it doesn’t, you’ll need to clean it off. If you don’t, you’re going to have to deal with either paying a ton more on your next electric bill, or you’re going to have to deal with your lights completely going out if you’re on the grid.

Luckily, we’ve created a handy little guide for what exactly you should be doing if your panels get covered in snow and you need to clean them off. Click here to access our snow cleaning guide. But please remember, safety always comes first! Especially when you’re dealing with a snow-covered rooftop!

What if you want to install solar panels during the winter or the snowy seasons?

Some people believe that solar panel installations are a seasonal gig. This couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth. If you want to start installing your solar panels during the winter, there’s no reason you can’t do exactly that. In fact, it might be the perfect time to do it, as it will be a good way to gauge what an under-performing efficiency day looks like and exactly what you can do to avoid it.

If you’ve scheduled an for a solar installation and then walk outside to a snow day, you shouldn’t stress out too much about that, either. Most solar installers will still help you, as long as there’s not so much snow that it becomes a safety hazard.

Lastly, there’s one important snow day fact that should keep your spirits up: when you’re experiencing a day with the sun bright in the sky but the ground covered in snow, that’s going to end up being the highest efficiency day you’ll ever experience. The reflection of the snow will cause even more sunlight than usual to reach your panels, which should more than make up for the undoubtedly rough night that occurred before that brought the snow there to begin with.

Want to learn more tips about what to do during certain times and weather conditions? Check out the HahaSmart blog for daily solar tips, tricks, and information to keep you update to date on all the new information you need to run your solar system at top efficiency.

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