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Published on Monday November 14, 2022
Author: AW Electrics

Winter Solar Panel Installation; Why Wait?

Recent worries regarding rising energy bills and increasing climate change concerns . have encouraged homeowners to explore renewable energy sources, such as solar power.

As December and January typically have the lowest amount of sun hours in the United Kingdom, you may feel that winter months are not the best time to install solar panels.

However, if you have decided to upgrade to solar energy, there is no time like the present to start saving money and the planet.

Solar Panels Generate Energy in Winter

Solar Panels Generate Energy in Winter

Contrary to popular belief, solar electricity panels (also known as photovoltaics , or PV) produce electricity every season of the year!

This includes winter and all of the typical weather associated with it:

  1. Reduced daylight hours: Whilst daylight hours are shorter in winter, your panels will still be producing a substantial amount of free electricity. Installing your panels in winter ensures your system is fully up and running for when maximum daylight hours return, and your electricity production is at its peak.
  2. Cloudy days: Solar panels also generate electricity on overcast days, as they can harness both daylight, known as diffuse light , and sunlight which can be thought of as direct light. Although energy output of solar panels is maximised when exposed to direct sunlight, rather than diffuse light, solar panels will generate enough energy to make it worthwhile, albeit at a lower productivity level.
  3. Snowy days: Due to global warming, snow days are becoming increasingly rare. When we do experience a snow day, much of the snow does not settle. Should your panels be covered in light snow, they will still be able to generate electricity as light will still reach the panels. Panels covered in heavy snow will not be able to absorb light to generate electricity. However, PV systems are designed with snow in mind; the dark glass covering solar panels helps to melt snow, and panels are usually tilted at between 30 and 45 degrees which helps reduce snow build up by allowing the snow to slide off.
  4. Rainy days: During the winter it tends to rain twice as much as in summer, . which can be beneficial. Rain can help keep your panels working efficiently by washing away any dirt or dust that may block light.

Cold Weather can Improve Performance

Another myth is that solar PV systems work better on hot sunny days.

Solar panels generate energy from the sun’s light rather than heat. Just like other electronic devices, such as computers and radios, they function with increased efficiency in colder conditions when compared to hotter temperatures.

So, your panels will generate more power per hour of sunlight on a bright, cold winter day than on a hot sunny day.

Installation at the Right Time for You

Due to the above misconceptions, many people wait until the summer months to contact installers to fit solar panels.

Installer schedules can fill up very quickly, meaning you may not be able to have your panels installed in the time frame you had hoped for.

Winter Savings

Typically, our energy bills are higher during the cold winter months. Investing in solar energy now can help you save money when you need it most.

With uncertainty of how high our energy bills will go, generating your own emission-free energy will provide peace of mind that you can power your home whatever the season.

If you have decided to commit to cleaner, greener, cost effective energy production, why wait?

Winter photovoltaic panels installation in winter.

Call AW Electrics today on 01142 134 610 for friendly, knowledgeable advice on the right PV system for you, or click here to receive a free quote or click here to complete our contact form.