Why Solar Panels Can Work in a Canadian Climate
Are you wondering how it’s possible to install solar panels that are efficient year-round, given the never-ending snowstorms and cold temperatures that happen throughout our Canadian winters? Well then, you came to the right place, this article will inform you of all the reasons thateven if you have metric tons of snow per storm, you can still have solar panels.
Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?
The cold temperatures accompanying Canada’s Northern climate are beneficial for the use of solar panels. If temperatures get too high, the solar panels will overheat and will stop producing as much energy. This is comparable to if I asked you to go play soccer in extremely hot weather conditions. You would be exhausted and not perform half.
Solar panels can produce more energy in lower temperatures. This is because heat is considered being a resistance in a circuit, and when the heat is removed, the resistance is lowered, allowing for more energy to be produced. In essence, when the heat is lowered, then the output can be increased, making Canada’s low temperatures an attractive place to put solar panels.
What Happens to my Solar Performance in the Winter Snow?
Solar panels will only stop functioning if they are completely covered in snow, otherwise their performance is not affected. When they are installed, they are put in at an angle to help promote the sliding of snow off of them and your rooftop. Given the proper climate, with sunlight, the snow will begin to melt off of the solar panels as well. If none of this works, there are tools made for cleaning snow off of solar panels called solar panel snow rakes. These are the reasons that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has found that only 6% of annual production is lost due to snow.
So, how do Solar Panels Function During a Canadian Winter?
If this isn’t enough to convince you already, solar panels will actually increase their output in snowy conditions. Snow can reflect the sun’s rays and then direct them to the solar panels, allowing them to have more energy produced. Worried about the weight of the snow if it does pile up? Well, you don’t need to, the Canadian solar panels are built to withstand 112 pounds-per-square-inch.
Solar panels cannot only handle the harsh conditions of a Canadian winter, but they can also thrive in them, provided that they are well maintained. We should be more aware of the benefits versus the costs when it comes to PV systems. Without question, they are one of the best resources available to Canadians when it comes to renewable energy and creating a sustainable future.
About the Author
Oriana Cordido has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in International Relations and Economics. She is currently responsible for providing knowledge and awareness about solar energy, and creating solar proposals for customers wanting to reduce their energy bills. You might be reading this blog if you're curious about how your business can save money. If this is something you've ever thought about, she's your go-to girl!
She has considerable experience in the field of social entrepreneurship as she was the Team President and Co-Founder of Enactus UNB which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.
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