22 Jan '17, 4pm

Yes, #Solar Panels Still Work During Snowy Weather

If you live outside of the sunny Southwest, the weather can bring sudden changes this time of year. Many parts of the U.S. have already seen snow, and the polar vortex has extended far enough south that even our nation’s capital has experienced a few deep chills. Although at first blush it may seem that solar power is ideal for the summer, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels actually produce useful power throughout all four seasons. Tackling weather-related challenges is one reason why the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative funds Regional Test Centers , where solar panel performance can be time-tested in widely varying climates. Researchers at the test centers have shown that solar can still successfully generate electricity in snowy areas and other harsh environments. Light snow has little impact on solar panels because it easily slides off. It’s a different ...

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