Are Solar Panels Effective in Cold Weather?

With winter approaching, you may be inclined to put off installing solar panels for your home or business because you think the snow and cold will affect your solar panel system.

The average temperature in a climate region does not have an effect on solar panels. In fact, solar panels are actually slightly more efficient at producing electricity in cold temperatures.  So even if you live in a colder climate that is further north, you still get enough sunlight that solar panels will work. Surprisingly, Germany, a northern country not generally known for sunny skies, is the world leader in solar photovoltaic energy.

If you’ve selected a reliable solar power system, such as SunPower, your photovoltaic panels will stand up better than others against difficult weather conditions and should meet performance expectations for 25 years or more. SunPower’s Research and Development team works hard to ensure the reliability of their solar panels.

SunPower panels use quality materials and are designed for life in the real world. They are tested above and beyond industry standards to stand up to all manner of environmental stresses. Lower quality panels may easily crack or become damaged when the weather turns nasty, reducing power output. But, in side-by-side comparisons with competitors’ panels, SunPower high-efficiency solar panels continue to reliably perform despite degradation stresses.

A leading installer of solar panels in Michigan, Oak Electric is a SunPower Certified Dealer and an NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified PV Installer.

Don’t let the onset of winter stop you.  If you are considering solar power panels for your home or business, the solar power specialists at Oak Electric Service are happy to answer your questions, including inquiries about financing and tax credits for solar installations. We invite you to visit our website at to learn more about us; or give us a call at (800) 964-7070.

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