Solar panels are becoming more and more popular all around the world which raises some questions about different climates and how they effect solar panels. If one is living in a climate where there is heavy snow fall falling and sitting on the solar panels, it would be common to ask this question, “how does snow effect solar panels?” and whether or not they can work at all in these climates.
Solar panels take energy from the sun and produce electricity which saves tons of money for the home owners because they no longer have to pay a normal electricity bill every month. It is true that some weather climates allow the solar panels to work better than others but this does not mean that they do not work in the snow.
Most people think that solar panels always need direct bright sun light to work but this is not true. Solar panels will work even with just a little bit of sun light. They will work any time that even a tiny bit of sun light meets them. So, snow does not effect the solar panels directly but if there is a snow storm above the solar panels which produce clouds, there will not be any sun to peak through and meet the solar panels. As you can see, snow is not the problem.
It is the lack of sun that is caused by snow storms. Without a snow storm, if there is just normal snow fall or when the sun comes out after the snow storm, it can actually be a positive thing for the solar panels. The snow on the ground can reflect the bits of sun light that come from the sky and direct it towards the solar panels. This can make them work even better and produce extra electricity.
One may think that if snow sits on the solar panels, this would effect them in a negative way. This actually does not happen because roofs are installed on a slant. This means if there are solar panels on a roof, snow will just slide right off them because of the shiny surface.
Another great thing about having solar panels in a snowy climate is that the cold weather is great for the solar panels and improves how much energy output that they produce. Solar panels have been proven to work better and more efficiently in cold weather compared to hot weather.