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Solar Panels in the Winter

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 02/01/2024

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Key Points

  • Silicon-based photovoltaic solar panels work more efficiently in cold climates.
  • Solar panels produce electricity even in cold-weather states.
  • Removing heavy snow from solar panels increases the risk of scraping and damaging the panels.
  • Panel cracking and fracturing can occur from snow melting and freezing.

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Solar panels in the winter FAQs

  • Solar panels can work well in winter with sufficient sunlight and no prolonged snow cover on the panels.

  • The performance of solar panels may decrease in freezing temperatures. They are typically designed to operate effectively within a temperature range of -22 degrees Fahrenheit to +185 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Solar panels produce less energy in winter than in other seasons due to shorter daylight hours and lower sun angles. The exact reduction in production can vary depending on location, weather conditions, and panel orientation. However, the general estimate is around 20-30% less production when panels are covered in snow.

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