Preventing Snow BuildupWe’ve heard it asked, “Do solar panels work through snow?” While snow doesn't render solar panels useless by any means, it can decrease your panel efficiency, so you should take precautions to minimize snow buildup and maximize energy production during the winter months. Here are a few measures to take:
Panel Tilt and Orientation
To ensure that your solar panels easily shed snow, adjust their tilt and orientation. When panels are angled correctly, snow can slide off effortlessly. A qualified solar installer can help you determine the best way to position your panels for these purposes in a cold climate.
If you experience substantial snow accumulation, it may be necessary to manually clear the snow from your panels. This can be done using a soft bristle brush or a snow rake designed specifically for solar panels. Consult with a professional to ensure you have the right tool for the job.
Snow Retention Systems
Snow retention systems create small barriers and interrupt the smooth flow of snow, causing it to accumulate in smaller amounts or gradually melt away. By keeping the snow distributed evenly across the panel surface, the system maintains a consistent level of efficiency during snowy conditions. It minimizes the risk of snow buildup, ensuring consistent electricity generation and reducing the need for frequent manual snow removal.