Can My Solar Panels Overheat?
by Cody McGowan, on Jun 10, 2020 11:07:00 AM
How Hot Summers Affect a Solar Installation
The days are growing warmer in Illinois, and summer is rapidly approaching. If you’ve considered a solar installation for your home and clicked on this article, you may have wondered how heat can affect solar panels. Is it possible to receive too much sun? Can panels overheat?
We’ve previously discussed how the cold affects solar arrays. But what about hot days where the sun beams down on your Rockford, IL, roof? Below, we’ll share how heat affects a solar installation.
Are My Panels OK in the Heat?
We’ve all been there—you cover up in sunscreen, wear a hat, drink lots of water, and still end the day with stinging, peeling skin, and a headache. While the sun does miraculous things for our planet, too much of it can cause damage. Even to solar panels?
Newly developed solar equipment can suck water from the air to cool panels down. However, in Illinois, that extra feature won’t be necessary, as our panels can get as hot as 149 degrees Fahrenheit before solar cells are hindered. Our black monocrystalline panels can endure the heat of Arizona deserts and frigid Midwestern winters. You won’t have to worry about panels catching fire or not working anymore; your system is safe on your roof year after year.
Will High Temperatures Affect Performance?
Although Summit Solar’s monocrystalline panels are more efficient in the heat than blue silicon panels, there is always a small energy output loss due to heat. With increased temperature comes decreased power output with all electronic equipment. However, our team will have taken this into account and will still ensure that your panels can take your house 100 percent solar. Your panels will still last for several decades.
Interestingly, in colder weather, your panels will increase in energy efficiency as long as the sun is shining. So, it’s not only the summertime that can provide ample power in Illinois.
Get the Best Solar Setup for Your Home
Our solar panels are made in the U.S.A. and, with black-on-black material, will resemble sleek screens on your rooftop. We offer a premium installation service and will make sure that your system qualifies you for state and federal tax credits. If not, we won’t pressure you into an installation that won’t benefit you.
To get started, contact Summit Solar, and we’ll see if your Rockford-area house is a fit to ‘go solar.’ We look forward to speaking with you!