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Going Solar in Winter: Debunking Myths and Highlighting Benefits

Winter in Albany, NY, often brings images of snow-covered landscapes and chilly temperatures. It’s a time when solar energy might seem like a distant summer dream. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. At Kasselman Solar, we’re here to debunk the myths surrounding winter solar installations and highlight the unique benefits of going solar during the colder months.

Myth #1: Solar Panels Don't Work in Winter

One of the most common misconceptions is that solar panels are ineffective in winter.

The reality is that solar panels can be just as effective, if not more so, in colder temperatures. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, solar panels are actually more efficient in cooler temperatures (1). This is because they can convert sunlight into energy more efficiently when they are not overheating.

Myth #2: Snow Completely Hinders Solar Panel Efficiency

While heavy snowfall can temporarily reduce the efficiency of solar panels, it’s not as significant an issue as many believe.

Solar panels are installed at an angle, aiding in the shedding of snow, and the dark surface of the panels helps in heating up and melting the snow. As the snow slides off the solar panels it can also help clean them! If large amounts of snow accumulates on your solar panels, you can manually remove them to help allow more energy production sooner (2). 

Moreover, the reflection of sunlight off the snow in the environment can actually increase the potential for solar gain, a phenomenon known as the albedo effect which helps reflect solar energy off the snow. 

Benefits of Going Solar in Winter

1. Expedited Installation Process

Winter is often a slower season for solar installations which means you can benefit from a quicker and more flexible installation schedule. This is a significant advantage, as it allows you to have your system up and running faster than during the peak seasons.

2. Preparation for Summer

By installing solar panels in winter, you’re setting yourself up for maximum benefits during the summer. You’ll be ready to take full advantage of the longer daylight hours and higher solar production right from the start of the season.

3. Energy Efficiency Gains

With the increased efficiency of solar panels in cooler temperatures, you start reaping the benefits of solar energy immediately, even during the shorter days of winter.

Kasselman Solar: Your Trusted Solar Partner

At Kasselman Solar, we’re not just experts in solar installation; we’re committed to providing quality and reliable solar solutions to our customers. As a NYSERDA Quality Solar Installer with Gold Status from NYSERDA, we adhere to the highest standards of service and installation quality. Our recognition as a national top contractor by Solar Power World further cements our position as a leader in the solar industry.

Choosing Kasselman Solar means opting for a partner who understands the local climate, energy needs, and the best ways to harness solar power in every season. Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, ensuring that your transition to solar energy is smooth, efficient, and beneficial, regardless of the season. 

In conclusion, winter should not be a deterrent for going solar. In fact, it presents unique opportunities and advantages. If you’re in Albany, NY, or the surrounding areas, and considering solar energy, let Kasselman Solar show you how you can benefit from a winter installation. Contact us today to learn more and take your first step towards a sustainable and energy-efficient future.

Author: Ava Clemenzi