The ground is coated with a blanket of white, or by now, gray snow.  Trees still sport pockets of snow in the y’s of branches and roofs still have icicles clinging to the edge of the roofline.  Reaching out to start the ball rolling on solar panel installation may seem as distant as spring.  That can be WRONG.  Winter is actually a very good time to begin your solar conversion.

Solar Panels work in Winter

Snow Melts off Solar Panels

Starting in winter gives you time to read up on information regarding converting your home to run on solar power.  When you are ready to talk to Solar Power System Installers,  you will have their full attention.  While professionals always take time with potential clients, this quiet season gives professionals more leisure to answer questions and concerns.  PV readings taken in winter, give you a seasonal look at solar power system’s efficiency on your property.   It can answer concerns you may have about the efficiency of converting your northern home to run on solar energy.  In Minnesota, talk to the professionals at http://www.renewable-solar.com/.  Renewable Solar Resources’ Team of skilled, professionals  take readings, prepare energy audits and provide quotes that explain the conversion process.  They offer additional easy changes you can make to transform your home into an energy efficient dwelling.

Your Solar Panels Begin to Operate as Soon as Hooked Up

If you are concerned about whether solar panels work during winter weather, there’s good news.  Solar panels shed snow faster than asphalt roof shingles alone.  When the sun melts snow off even a small corner, or when the snow begins to slide down to expose the top edge, the cells of the solar panel begin absorbing PV rays and heat the rest of the panel, melting the snow faster.  The angle of the panels helps speed up the process.   Other homeowners help clear the snow manually, but it is not always necessary, and it is worth discussing with your Renewable Solar Resources professional.

Consultation and Permits Timing

Prior to installing solar, your solar professional will need to obtain permits from your local government for permission to install. Usually, the required permits include electrical permit, a structural or building permit, and/or a dedicated solar photovoltaic (PV) permit. Because specifications are required about your proposed solar equipment and system design for permits, you will need to choose your solar power generator system before your installer can apply for those permits.

Your property location as well as the type and size of your solar energy system will affect which permits are required.  You will have more information on this topic when you have your Renewable Solar Resources consultation.

It is important to be aware that permits and paperwork done takes time.  Beginning the process now, can prevent peak season delays.  Consult with your solar conversion professional now, learn how the conversion could affect your home’s energy and bills, and figure out an ideal timeline.  By doing all of this now, you avoid the beat-the-clock pressure that overshadows the process in solar installation’s peak season.

First in Line

No matter when your solar power generator system is active, you will begin saving on your electric bills.  Still, by making the arrangements now for your solar conversion in the spring, you are first in line to have your panels and equipment installed.  Your system will be up and running in time to take advantage of the long summer days of sunshine.

Renewable solar Resources will be happy to walk you through the steps and show you how you can save money, energy, and the earth.