It’s boot season! Or as some people would call it, winter. Days consist of staying in snuggled up with some hot cocoa because the weather is up to snow good. And while you’re at home binging Netflix because it’s too chilly to go out–not to mention there’s a whole pandemic going on–maybe you’ve opened the mail and are now gawking at a ridiculously expensive utility bill.
So now you’re lying in bed at 3 AM Googling how to cut down on your energy costs. You keep coming across solar panels but write that off because obviously solar panels won’t work in the colder months. Or so you think…
Contrary to popular belief, solar output is actually enhanced with the onset of colder weather. Bear in mind that solar panels require light, not heat. Temperature doesn’t affect the amount of sunlight your panels receive, but it does affect how much power is produced inside the solar cells. While it’s true that during the winter the days are shorter, the cold actually improves the efficiency of solar panels as they produce more power per each hour of daylight. Yes extremely high or extremely low temperatures may affect their performance–as is the case with any other electronic–but the amount of sunlight they receive has far more impact on their efficiency than the temperature outside.
Right about now you’re probably thinking fake news! Rest assured, it’s not. Think back to learning about how subatomic particles move within an atom. Electrons are at rest (or are low energy) in cooler temperatures, but when they are stimulated (gain energy) by an increase in sunlight, a greater difference in voltage is attained by a solar panel and it begins creating more energy. On the other hand, warmer temperatures increase the overall energy levels of electrons, causing a decline in the energy differential that can be attained and thus, diminish the energy yield of your panels. Electrons in a high energy state interfere with solar cell electricity production as a result of some of the energy being transferred into heat rather than electricity.
Additionally, installing a grid-connected, rooftop solar panel system with battery storage just about guarantees electricity in cold climates. Having batteries enables you to store solar power in the event that your panels’ output is not quite high enough to provide you with the energy you need. Meaning, energy that your system has collected throughout the year can be used in the winter when your panels may not produce as much.
Believe it or not, the winter months are actually one of the best times of the year to go solar. Electric rates always increase in the summer, so having your installation done now will keep you from being susceptible to those electric rate escalations.
To put it plainly, the time for solar is now. Solar energy is the most abundant renewable resource out there and a little cold weather doesn’t change that. So get started today. Take control of your own energy and keep powered through extreme weather conditions. Ready to see if you qualify? Contact FireFly Solar today!