Does solar power work on cloudy days?

Reading time: 1 minute 04/24/2018 News

Will my solar panels work when it is cloudy and rainy?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home or business. Our sun is a natural nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons. Even on days where there is an overcast, photons are still being released, so we can still harness the power of the sun.

On a cloudy day you can expect solar panels to produce less electricity than they would on a bright sunny day. Even when the sky is gray many solar arrays still produce enough energy to power household appliance needs throughout the day.  Production will be affected when your solar array is covered with clouds, but rest assured your system will still produce clean energy. If you have ever been sunburned on a cloudy day, you understand how powerful the sun is.

In Southeastern, North Carolina we experience plenty of sunny days making our area ideal for solar panels. Choosing the right solar panels is equally as important as climate. As an Elite SunPower dealer, we offer North Carolina home and business owners top-of-the-line solar panels. SunPower panels offer unmatched performance, reliability and aesthetics. They deliver the highest efficiency available in a residential solar panel today, with record-breaking technology. That means homeowners get more electricity, more flexibility, more peace of mind, and lower electricity bills.  SunPower panels also come with an unmatched 25-year complete warranty. When you choose SunPower panels, you can expect your solar system to produce electricity even on cloudy days.

So, does solar power work on cloudy days? Yes. Direct sunlight is optimal, but your solar array will still produce electricity even when it’s cloudy. The real worry is if you have not gone solar at all. Stop paying too much for electricity today, contact us for a free solar site evaluation.

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