WHICH SEASON IS BEST FOR SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION?

Research shows that solar power is now more popular than ever. However, some homeowners are still concerned about the effectiveness of solar panels during the winter. Let’s take a closer look at which season is best for solar energy production.

WHICH SEASON IS BEST FOR SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION?

Contrary to popular belief, solar panels are engineered to perform well throughout the year. In fact, they tend to be the most efficient during the winter. Colder temperatures actually help solar energy systems to more effectively convert energy from the sun into an electric current. Homeowners who have a solar system rarely experience a noticeable drop in energy production during the winter. Germany, which is known for its cold winters, is among the world’s leaders in solar power.

Although there may not as much sunlight during winter in certain parts of the world, this isn’t a problem. Remember, the sun is always producing energy–even on cloudy days! When installing a solar system, technicians check to determine the best position for optimum sunlight exposure. During the winter, you can use an adjustable rack to easily modify the angles of your panels.

It’s a myth that solar energy systems don’t perform well in snow-prone areas. Light snow usually just slides off the smooth panels. As the white snow reflects light, this actually helps improve performance. Although heavy snow covering the panels will greatly limit production, it should quickly melt away. Professionals can also use a solar panel snow rack to clear any accumulation.

IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Although home solar systems typically don’t require much maintenance, there are a few steps you can take to boost production. For starters, it’s a good idea to conserve energy when possible. Simply remembering to turn off your lights when you don’t need them can have a noticeable impact. You should also make sure your home is properly insulated, which will further improve energy efficiency.

Bottom line: HES Solar is committed to revolutionizing the way the world is powered. Interested in green, sustainable energy? Contact us at (619) 350-0032.

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NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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