How Temperature and Shade Affect Solar Production

Maximize Your Solar Production in the Coachella Valley

Maximizing your solar energy production has a lot to do with where you install your panels, and how much, 9or how little) UV rays reach them on a given day. Shade, temperature, cloud coverage, and other factors can influence how much energy your system produces. At Stada Energy, our solar installers can help you understand how your solar panels receive solar energy and convert it to usable energy at home, providing the vital information that determines placement and installation.

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Temperature’s Effect on Solar Panel Production

Temperature influences solar production in a way that some new solar customers find surprising. Cold weather may not be as negatively impactful as heat, as panels work great in the cold if the skies are clear, a fact that seems counterintuitive. The hottest days of summer are taxing on your solar panels, making them work overtime, and can negatively impact their solar production. Hot panels are not as efficient as cold because the key to solar production is clear skies, not warm weather.

Every manufacturer sheet contains information that includes the temperature coefficient for your solar panels. Temperature coefficient is the percentage-per-degree change in solar power for each 1° temperature difference.

Residential solar panels perform best at 59 to 95°. In the direct sunlight, during summer months, panels can reach up to 150° or higher. Under these conditions, solar panel production becomes less efficient. Luckily the percentage of change is marginal as the days get hotter, so you don’t have to worry about a substantial reduction in production during the summer months.

Solar Panel Production in Shade and Cloud Coverage

Shade affects solar production more than temperature. Solar panels can still work in shady or overcast conditions, but it does reduce their output. The general rule is that solar panels produce approximately 1/2 as much energy under full-cloud cover and shade as produced in direct sunlight.

Cloud coverage and shade disperse the sun’s UV rays, allowing less solar energy to be absorbed by your panels. Luckily, as technology in solar advances, solar panel production may improve despite these factors, allowing your panels to remain at maximized production even on cloudy days.

Expert Solar Panel Installation in the Coachella Valley with Stada Energy

When you decide to switch to solar, the Coachella Valley solar installers at Stada Energy will help you determine the best place, angle, and tilt for the installation of your solar panels. This way, your system will receive maximum sunlight, and your panels can work at optimal output. Our team can advise as to any trees that may block sunlight, how buildings may create a shade problem, and how you can get the most out of your solar energy system.

Request a quote from the Coachella Valley solar installers at Stada Energy today and find freedom in energy production at home!