How Effective are Solar Panels in the Winter?
October 16, 2018

Solar panels are great for the environment, and they are very effective in summer…but what about when the weather gets colder? Are solar panels still effective in winter?

Lots of people assume that solar panels won’t work as well when the weather gets colder, but this is not true. Solar panels still work in winter; in fact, sometimes they work even better when the weather is colder! But why is this?

Why Solar Panels Still Work in Winter

Solar panels still work well in the winter because they don’t use heat to produce energy: they use light as their energy source. And while winter can be darker than summer, it is still light for most of the day – and snow on the ground can help to reflect even more light onto the panels, so if there is snow you will generate even more energy!

It is also worth noting that in winter there are fewer leaves on the trees, so if you are surrounded by trees then your solar panels will get more light in winter as they won’t be in the shade. And that isn’t all; when it is very warm in summer the panels heat up, which makes it a harder for them to turn the sunlight into energy. So, when it comes to solar panels, cool temperatures are actually preferable to warm temperatures.

Solar Panels Provide Energy No Matter the Season

Now you might be starting to worry that solar panels won’t work as well in summer, but that isn’t the case. There are more hours of sunlight during summer, so even if the panels are hot they will still convert a lot of energy.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is: your solar panels should gather energy throughout the day without a problem.

If you’re interested in having solar panels installed on your home or business premises, MK Electrics Ltd provide reliable, professional and affordable solar panel installations services.