Snow & Solar?

When it comes to solar panels, many of us tend to think of warmer climates such as California and Florida. After all, solar panels need sunlight to produce power.

So what if you live in a snowy region, but wish to take advantage of the no cost solar program?

The great news is states like Massachusetts and New York are ranked as two of the top solar states in the U.S. Any snow related problems are usually minimal.

A few main concerns a homeowner may face is how the weight of built up snow will impact the panels and energy production during those winter months.

The thing about solar panels is they produce heat due to absorbing the sun's energy. Most of the time, snow will simply melt once it makes contact with the panels. For any snow that manages to build up, it simply slides off the black, glass-like surface. 

Because the surface is slippery, please keep in mind snow can slide off a bit faster than when it builds up on the roof itself.

If snow does manage to pile on your roof there is no cause for worry. These panels are tough and made to withstand all kinds of weather, even snow.

Vivint's engineers will be sure to check your roof's structure and the durability of the panels as well as how much weight they are capable of holding. 

As far as production goes, when snow is covering the panels they obviously won't be able to generate as much power, if any at all. Although any build up is sure to be temporary, you may be tempted to clean off the panels yourself.

We advise homeowners to wait for the snow to melt and slide off as it shouldn't take too long. However, if you decide to remove the snow, you can choose to hire someone or easily clean it off yourself.

The method is not unlike cleaning off your actual roof, but be sure the tools you are using are soft to the touch to avoid damaging the panels. 

After snowstorms, you'll often find that homes with solar are naturally clear of snow while their neighbors have snow piled high on their roofs.

And don't forget, spring is right around the corner! Even if you live in the northern parts of the U.S., the worst of winter only lasts three months, so your days of low sunlight and heavy snow are limited.

The great news is any possible loss in production during the winter months can, and will be made up during the other months!

The extra power you produce during the summer, for instance, can be used later on during the winter, as needed!


If you live in Massachusetts or simply have any questions or concerns regarding solar, we are here to help! Contact us today to learn if solar is right for you