Even in Pouring Rain, PV Panels Work

Today I drove in the pouring rain, while the sun shone.  It seemed a great metaphor for solar energy.  Even in the pouring rain, PV Panels work to produce electricity for your home or business.  In fact, solar is so reliable that over 2 million Americans get their electricity from Solar Energy.  But as September looms, procrastinators begin to rationalize waiting until next spring to convert to solar power.  The thing is, if you convert to solar power now, you will begin to realize electricity savings immediately.  If you wait, you will be paying another year of electricity with no ROI.   Regardless of fall’s rainy weather, know that even in pouring rain PV panels work to save you money.

How PV Panels Work

PV Panels, or solar panels have a silicon sheet of solar cells with semiconductors.  When light strikes the solar cell, electrons are released from the semiconductor material.  The electrical conductors form an electrical circuit when they attach to the positive and negative sides.  Those electrons can be captured as an electric current.  That current can power lights, tools and appliances.  I am not a scientist, and you can read up on the process in detail on the Nasa site.  For those who like to keep it simple, light hits the PV Panel.  The panels are created so that the light can be captured and converted to electrical current to be stored or used.  During daylight hours, sunlight is always striking the solar panels.

 To power heavier electricity needs, you need sufficient light that produces sufficient electricity.  That is why Renewable Solar Resources in Plymouth Minnesota, uses equipment to measure PV rays before making any solar panel installation.  What they have found, is that in Minnesota, most properties receive sufficient sunlight to power a home or business.  The challenge is in finding the right location, and angle on any given property to ensure sufficient PV rays. Renewable Solar Resources has the experience to find optimum PV absorption on most properties.  In the end, obstacles like trees and structures have a bigger impact on solar panel efficiency than weather.

The Effect of a rainy day on Solar power production.

While Photovoltaic panels work best on a sunny day, they can also use indirect sunlight to generate power.  That means, in a lesser capacity, solar panels still work even when light is partially limited by rainclouds.  The rain itself can actually improve your panel efficacy when it washes away dust and dirt. 

Because of local Minnesota net metering policy, extra energy produced during bright sunny hours can offset shortages at night or when your system isn’t producing at full capacity.  You still save. Renewable Solar Resources professionals welcomes the opportunity to directly answer any solar energy questions you have.  Get specific information on Minnesota average fall and winter solar energy production and learn how to get the most out of your solar power system, even on a rainy day.  But contact Renewable Solar now, because the savings begin when the installation is completed.  Even in pouring rain PV panels work to save you money.  And you have lots of days to enjoy electricity savings yet in 2021.