A common misconception about solar panels is the notion that they are only effective during the summer months. Of course, it is easy to see why people think this: the sun is strongest and feels hottest in summer, whilst the heat and glare of the sun get much weaker in winter. So it makes sense to believe that solar panels will only be effective in summer. However, you will be delighted to hear that on the Gold Coast, solar panels work perfectly during the winter months, too. How can this be? Read on to find out why Gold Coast Solar Systems are even effective during winter.
Energy not heat
Photovoltaic solar panels use the sun’s energy rather than its heat to generate electricity. And so, it does not matter if winter days are cooler – as long as the sky is relatively clear (i.e. there are no clouds blocking the air between the sun and your solar panels) and your panels are in a good position to pick up the sun’s rays, Gold Coast solar panels remain effective during the winter. Gold Coast winters are typically warm, bright and clear anyway, though, so you can rest assured that – though they may not work at the optimum level that they do in the fiery heat of the summer – your solar systems will still work in the winter.
In addition, you can consider getting a solar system that stores energy. That way, during the summer months (when we use less electricity for heating, lighting and so on) you can store all of that surplus energy inside your solar system. Then, when winter hits, it will not matter if you experience a run of cloudy days as you can simply use the surplus energy that you have stored within your solar system over the summer to keep you solar powered all through the winter.
Make sure to watch the video below for more info on using solar power during the cold season: