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How Does the Weather Affect My Solar Energy System?

by Kelly Anderson, on Mar 9, 2020 2:11:37 PM


Is it really an all-weather solution?

One of the greatest things about Chicago, IL, is the seasons. No matter what time of year it is, the city's weather is right. But if you're considering adding a solar energy system to your home, you may wonder if they can remain efficient through different types of weather. Don’t worry, you’re not alone -- and we have the answers right here. In this blog, we’ll break down the ways different weather conditions will affect your system.

See Also: How Does the Cold Effect Solar Panels?

Summer Heat

It's sunny, and it's hot out. No better conditions to absorb some sunlight, right? Well, when it comes to solar panels, that's not always the case. Studies show that panels operate less efficiently in hot weather.

Spring Showers

Ok, what about springtime? How will partly cloudy days work? The bad news: partly cloudy days can lower your system’s production by up to 25%.

Autumn Storms

Well, if the spring is partly cloudy and production drops, then what happens in fall when it’s even stormier? The system will produce less but will increase efficiency because of the cooling weather. 

Winter Snow

The cold weather will help your system operate at its most efficient, but you’ll have to keep the panels clear of snow.

Why Would I Invest in Solar Energy?

So, if the weather doesn’t help me produce more energy, why would I invest in a system for my home?

Because at Summit Solar, we'll make sure we can save you money on power costs before you purchase anything from us. Through our comprehensive shading analysis, we'll determine how much sunlight your home will get in a year, and we'll design a system that will power your home and let you finally replace your monthly electric bill.

And, thanks to state and local incentives like SREC, net-metering, and ITC, your payments could be less than what you’d pay if you stay with the electric company. 

We’re not interested in selling you a system that won’t save you money. If we can’t do it, we won’t pressure you into buying from us. 

Our white-glove service will take care of everything from initial discovery to getting permits signed. We help make going solar easier than you ever thought it could be.

If you’d like to work with Illinois’ premium solar installer, click here or give us a call at 888-884-3557 today.