Solar panels generate electricity when the sun is shining, but electricity demand during “peak hours” can sometimes occur between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm. This means that electricity consumers may require a higher load at a time of the day when solar panels are producing less energy.
The weather may be getting warmer, but it’s still winter, and snow is inevitable for many parts of the country. Many people wonder if their solar panels still produce electricity during this cold time of year. You might be surprised to learn that the performance of your solar system may not be significantly effected. In fact, many factors allow panels to thrive in snowy conditions. For starters, solar photovoltaic panels rely on light, and not temperature. In fact, cold temperatures can improve performance over high temperatures. Below we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about how solar panels operate in the winter.