For any homeowner living in the Midwest, winters can easily lead to frigid temperatures, icy conditions and more snow than anyone should ever have to shovel! Those in St. Louis certainly know that, and if you’re a potential solar customer, you might wonder what snow means for your solar array. While you might think that summer is always the best time for solar and that you are out of luck when snow falls in the winter, we have some news for you! Your solar panels will produce energy during the winter months, as long as they are not covered by snow!
How Do Solar Panels Work In The Winter?
You might be surprised to hear that solar panels perform best in colder conditions rather than hot, sunny days. A cold, clear day is exactly when your solar panels will be generating solar energy most efficiently.
In addition, a bright, sunny day is not the only condition in which your panels will produce energy. Your solar array also will generate electricity on a cloudy day, although of course, you likely will see less production than you would see on a clear day. That means for all those overcast, wintry days in Missouri, you still will have some solar production.
Do I Need To Shovel Off My Solar Panels?
Absolutely not! In fact, it’s highly discouraged. Your solar panels are racked and installed to withstand the weight of the snow. You’re much more likely to damage your solar array by attempting to clean it off rather than just letting nature take its course.
You may be surprised at how quickly the sun will melt snow off of your solar panels. Between the angle at which they are installed and the sun’s powerful rays, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need to worry about lingering snow coverage on your panels. So let the sun do its work and don’t try to climb onto your roof in icy conditions!
How Will My Solar Panels Function In The Event Of A Power Outage?
One of the biggest benefits of a solar panel system is the option to incorporate a Pink Energy battery backup. This system will store excess solar energy generated by your panels for use during an outage. The backup power will help protect your home from the effects of the outage and keep portions of your home running until the grid comes back up.
Weather The Winter With Pink Energy
Solar panel systems can handle just about anything that the Midwest winter throws at them! So if you’re considering adding solar panels to your St. Louis home to live a greener lifestyle and rely less on grid electricity, contact our local Pink Energy team here. We’d love to work with you and get you set up for the long Missouri winters.