Solar energy relies heavily on the sun, but you may be wondering how a cloudy day may affect your energy. Whether you live in a sunny area with a few cloudy days, or a cloudy area with a few sunny days, solar energy has a way of saving everyone money and helping the environment.
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Even though Alberta is one of the sunniest areas in Canada, if you’re considering switching to solar power, it’s important to understand how those few cloudy days can make a difference in your energy. In today’s post, we will take a look at the impact clouds may have on the energy consumption of your solar panels.
How Do Clouds Affect My Solar Energy?
It’s a common assumption that your solar panels won’t work as well on cloudy days because solar panels absorb sunlight to produce energy. Though this assumption is correct, it doesn’t mean that your solar panels won’t produce any energy. While it’s true that on sunny days you will produce more energy than you will on cloudy days, there are many factors that determine how much energy your solar panels will produce on cloudy or overcast days.
For example, on foggy days, the cloud cover is thick, meaning you will produce less energy than on a day where the sun is trapped behind a layer of clouds. The density of the clouds in addition to the type of solar panel, will determine how much solar energy will be produced on that day. For those who live in areas that don’t receive as much sunlight, you might consider looking into solar panels that are made to receive more diffusing light.
While it may seem like you’ve had a long stretch of crummy weather filled with multiple overcast days, it’s important to look at the big picture. If your main reason for investing in solar panels was to see a decrease in your monthly energy bill, you want to consider the amount of sunshine your areas experiences over the course of a year instead of just one day. Some cities that aren’t known for their sunshine still have a high success rating for solar panels, because when you weigh the amount of sunny days over the amount of cloudy or overcast days, it balances out.
Partly Cloudy Days
If you’ve had solar panels for a long time, and you’ve been watching your power output, you may find yourself wishing for partly cloudy days over the days with full sun. As the sun passes behind the outer edge of a cloud, the vapors will magnify the sunlight, causing a boost in solar power. On partly cloudy days, you may see a spike in power output that, in turn, will balance out the losses from cloudy or overcast days.
Solar power is a great investment, and if you are ready to make the switch, the experts at Current Group are ready to help. In addition to solar panel installation, our professionals can also design a system that will not only work for your home or business, but it will also work with your budget. Learn more about the solar energy services we offer and contact Current Group for a free consultation today!