Maximizing Solar Power Energy During Winter
Missouri and Northwest Arkansas residents are searching for ways to make the most out of their solar panels’ performance. And with federal tax savings boosting to a whopping 30% while also extending an additional decade, the potential to save energy and money has never been greater. That’s why we’re here to explain how to get the best results with proper winter solar panel maintenance.
Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?
Homeowners may wonder, “Does solar work in the winter?” The answer is yes! Remember that solar panels utilize sunlight, not heat. And while the sun is lower during the winter seasons with fewer daylight hours, there are still several ways to maximize your unit’s efficiency.
Top Ways To Maximize Your Solar Panel Efficiency During Winter
Capitalize on your solar panel’s optimal performance with minor tweaks to help with energy collection.
Adjust the Angle of the Panels Based on Your Location
In the winter, the sun appears lower in the sky and, therefore, hits your panel at a different angle. Adjusting your solar panel to a steeper angle will help it collect more energy throughout the day, specifically by adding 10 to 15 degrees to your current latitude. Northwest Arkansas and Missouri latitudes are 36 to 38 degrees each. An approximate 50-degree angle adjustment may be just what you need.
Clean Any Heavy Snow or Debris Off of Your Panels
Some light snowfall or fallen leaves are expected during winter and are nothing to be overly concerned about. However, excess snow buildup will prevent your solar panel from working properly. Moreover, the heavy weight of the snow may even damage your mounting equipment.
Remember to use a soft snow brush/broom instead of a tool that’s rough or made of metal to ensure you don’t damage the solar panel itself.
Insulate Your Batteries
The batteries for your solar energy unit are not meant to work in the harsh winter conditions of Northwest Arkansas or Missouri. Give special attention to factors like your battery’s location (ideally, it should be indoors), and ensure it’s properly insulated. In doing so, you’ll make sure that the power your panel collects lasts longer.
Use Less Energy
Conserve the energy your panel generates by being mindful of how it’s used in your home with efforts like:
- Turning off lights
- Unplugging appliances (even when directly used, they still use energy)
- Keeping an eye on your thermostat
- Installing energy-efficient light fixtures
Why Choose Solera?
For over a decade, our team has led with integrity, excellence, and attention to detail to deliver more premium solar solutions throughout Missouri than every company in the state combined. We offer custom solar solutions to bring your home’s efficiency and financial savings to new heights.