Does Solar Work In The Snow?

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It comes as a surprise to many, but the science behind solar panels actually favors colder climates.

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When solar energy comes to mind, we often think of California, Arizona, Florida, and other states that have incredible amounts of sunshine and heat. However, research and data tells a story most aren’t accustomed to.

The physics behind solar technology works like this: when HEAT hits a solar panel, electrons begin to move and generate energy. What’s interesting is that research has shown that in temperatures reaching 77 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the efficiency of solar panels begin to reduce, because heat causes higher resistance toward the electrons. Therefore, the resistance diminishes energy production in higher temperatures, ultimately producing less energy.

Solar panels also don’t need heat to work. They need light.

As long sun rays are hitting panels, there is energy being produced. This is why in winter months, heat is not a factor. Your panels will produce just as well, if not better than usual.


Because colder weather allows for greater energy production, and sun rays still shine bright as ever on cold days, solar energy is very suitable and realistic for midwest, northern, and colder climates.


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