Contrary to some misconceptions about solar power, panels and systems will still work even during winter. The nature of sunlight allows it to reach the panels even through obstructions such as cloud cover on dull days. Additionally, even with shorter daylight hours and therefore less sunlight exposure, there are many methods to offset the negative effects. Modern technologies can solve virtually any problem.

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Check out some of the ways through which technologies and design make solar panels do their job all year round.

Frameless construction technologies

Correct design is essential when it comes to achieving results, and solar panels are no exception to this rule. As an example, some solar panel units come with frameless designs. These panels also look great because of the seamless look, when installed side by side. In addition, being frameless minimizes the build-up of snow on the exterior of the panels during winter. Other materials such as dirt and debris are also less likely to accumulate on the panels. This design also allows for easier handling and maintenance.

Getting the perfect angle

When you have solar panels installed at home, the provider will check for the optimal angle of the panels. This way, you get the optimal amount of sunlight that is possible for your location. Of course, the sun’s rays hit the earth at a different angle during the winter. What happens then? Some mounts are adjustable, so it is possible to arrange the tilt of the panels to suit current conditions. If you’re splurging and money is no issue, some computer-aided setups even allow for automatic tilting for real-time adjustment.

Self-heating modules

Snow will usually easily slide off tilted panels. Still, for some situations, having the option to proactively get rid of the snow build-up would be better. Some commercial-grade solar panel systems come with heating add-ons for times of dense snowfall. This setup basically monitors the weight of the snow that builds up on the panels. When it hits a certain weight or density, the heating apparatus kicks in. This melts the snow slowly but surely, preventing catastrophic buildup that can hamper the performance and damage the panels.

While these may be tricky to set up for individuals, you can always ask the provider if they offer such options. DIY rigs might not be the best idea as installing add-ons on your own can void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Testing technologies and manufacturing improvements

These days, solar PV systems are definitely affordable and accessible even for solo homeowners. Still, solar companies continue to work hard to research and produce better solar products. This includes solar panels made of more efficient materials that can work better under harsh conditions. Panels and other system components still have room for improvement, but designs keep improving. Before long, researchers could produce a panel that can bridge the efficiency gap between summer and winter seasons.

So, solar panel systems are still able to thrive even during cold winter months. That’s thanks to the design features and technologies that allow them to continue working even in less-than-ideal conditions.

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