FROZEN: How Does Snow + Ice Affect Solar Production?

download (4)Tis the season for extreme weather conditions and with climate change we can only expect more. When we look back in our Farmer’s Almanac or “on this day in history” accounts it is no surprise that the weather is becoming more extreme.

This change in the weather affects our way of life in many facets. Even our solar production. Joshua Pearce, associate professor at Michigan Tech University (MTU), said, “If snow is completely covering the panel, you are obviously only going to get the amount of energy out of the panel from the amount of light that is able to pass through the snow. Even having a relatively small amount of snow on top of a given panel can radically reduce the amount of energy output for your entire system.”

“The projected losses could affect energy costs for all homeowners using solar power, but only significantly for ones that rely entirely on solar power and are not connected to the traditional electrical grid.” – Erin Cassidy

It is a good idea to consultant with a NABCEP solar PV designer when considering a solar energy system. These experts are trained and certified to design and install system tailored to your energy needs. Don’t forget to ask them about the incentives for going solar and the 30% Federal Tax Credit.

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