Should I Get Solar During Winter When There Isn't a Ton of Sun?

  • Nate Lewis
  • Chief Revenue Officer

Rumor has it that going solar during the cold winter months is pointless. We are here to shine some light on the truth so you can start saving right away!

Solar Installation in the Winter Makes Perfect Sense!

You may believe that waiting until Spring or Summer is your best bet when it comes to solar installation, but you’d be wrong to think that. Installing solar in the winter is a wonderful way to build credits to use during summer, to obtain maximum energy through your solar panels, and to have a true picture of the past 12 months of use in buying the correct size system. 

Renova Energy can work with you to determine the best-sized system for your solar needs and what better time to do that than in the winter? Winter tends to signify the end of 4 seasons or 12 months, and it can be a perfect time to paint a picture of your power needs. The Coachella Valley solar installation experts at Renova Energy believe that any time is a great time for solar, so don’t wait! 

Contact the team at Renova Energy today to learn about solar for your space. 

Solar Truths You May Not Know

It may seem like your solar panels are only going to be efficient in the summer, but that is far from the truth. Solar panels generate energy from the sun’s light, not from its heat. This means that they will actually work great in the colder weather. This is because solar panel electrons are at rest in the cooler weather and create a higher voltage when activated by the sun’s light in those cooler temperatures. Even if there is less sunlight during a winter day, the energy produced during that time is greater. Alternately, in warmer temperatures, they create energy less efficiently. 

What does this mean for you? It means that you have no reason to wait to install your solar. It is a sustainable energy source for all seasons and one that will always be better for your bank account than relying on varying power prices from your local electric company. Even if you do not use all of the power produced by your system in the winter, don’t worry. There is a way to save that power for later, using credits. 

How Do I Start Saving Energy Credits?

If you install solar in the winter, your system will start producing energy, even if you aren’t running enough power to utilize all that energy. Solar energy systems are designed to work on a 12-month basis, with less power being used in the cooler months, thus being stored for later. If you are working on-grid with your local power company, they can build credit with the solar power that you are not using, to be used in summer. At the end of each year, your solar use will be totaled, allowing for a true data picture to reveal itself, at which time you’ll see if you are under or over what you produced. 

If you’ve produced more than you used in a 12-month period, you can get credit back, likely at a wholesale rate, via a check. Another option is to have that credit applied to the following month’s bill. If you use more than you produce, there may be a bill at the end of 12 months, but it is most likely going to be much less in amount than you would be billed for without the solar panels. Either way, you are going to be paying substantially less in power than if you were to be using standard energy systems. 

Solar Installation is a Great Year-Round Choice in Coachella Valley

Whether you are looking to power your home or business, solar energy installation is a win-win. You can’t go wrong by creating independence from the standard electric system and creating energy using the biggest source we have: the sun. When you are ready to make the switch to solar, contact your Coachella Valley Solar Company, Renova Energy. 

Call Renova Energy for a quote today. Don’t wait, start saving now. 

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