During the winter months we see overcast, shorter days and colder weather.
This can sound like poor weather for solar powered households. But there’s no need to worry! because solar is still a great investment, even in the depth of winter.
It’s a common misconception that hot summer days are the best for generating free power from the sun.
The optimum temperature for a solar panel is around 19 – 25 degrees. So in theory, the perfect day for solar power generation would be a sunny day that isn’t too hot. Like the kind you would find in autumn and winter.
We’re pretty lucky in Australia that our winters are relatively mild compared to the rest of the world. With the majority of days out of the year on average, being clear and sunny. Australia is great for solar!
There is a drop in solar production during winter, but the difference might not be as drastic as you’d think. The biggest impact winter has is the length of sunshine per day. With the average winter day only having around 7 hours of sunlight per day. But that only lasts a few months out of the year and shouldn’t deter you completely. During summer days can be as long as 14 hours! That alone should be enough to offset your shorter winter production.
Winter is still a great time to invest in solar, as you’d still be better off with solar, than without!
A common problem that potentially affects solar is shading. Having tall buildings or trees nearby can affect panel performance. One of the benefits of going solar during the middle of winter is those shadows will be at their worst. This makes it easy to plan around them and not have any future surprises.
If you do happen to have significant shading, SunEnergy has a solution! Partnering with SolarEdge, a global leader in optimised solar products. We can design your system to perform, even in the case of shading.
Read more about our optimised solar products here
SunEnergy is open year round to help Australian households go solar. Despite this our busiest times are always in the summer months. If you’re looking to go solar but put off by long wait times, why don’t you consider installing your system in winter? With less wait times and some of the fastest turn arounds of any solar retailer in Australia. It’s the perfect time to take control of your energy future!
Plus you’ll have solar ready and waiting on your roof for the moment spring begins!
Go solar now and start saving from day one!