With the dawn of cold weather upon us and the prospect of snow storms, long dark days and low temperature, you may be wondering about how to take care of your solar panels in the snow... Not to worry! Ember LED is here to tell you how you can best take care of your solar LED lighting systems in the coming winter months and feel prepared for inclement weather conditions.
Yep, that's right! After a storm, it is best to just sit tight and wait for the snow to melt. Why, you ask? Well, because solar panels are optimized to face the sun to receive optimum light and snow easily melts off the panels, so there is no cleaning necessary!
GIVE THE SNOW SOMEWHERE TO GO
If happen to live in a snowier climate where piles of snow accumulates for days at a time, it may be worth looking into cleaning below the solar panels with a roof rake so the snow has a place to go after it drops off of the panels. However, under to circumstance is it wise to take a roof rake or metal edge to a solar panels to scrape off of the snow. Doing this risks potential damage to your system, so take caution when deciding use any device to clean around or near your solar panels.
Well....sort of. Using a soft, spongy nerf or tennis ball has been said by blogger Christof Demont-Heinrich to be an effective snow removal method. In essence, this tennis match involves bouncing a tennis ball off of solar panels to make the snow shift and shimmy its way off the panel and onto the ground below. Although this sounds like a fun way to remove snow, it can damage solar panels if played too rough, and this method is unlikely to work in areas that accumulates large amounts of snow of over 12 inches.
USE A 45 DEGREE ANGLE.
We always recommend our panels to be installed at a 45 degree angle for optimal sun exposure. And in cold weather, this angle proves even more beneficial because it allows snow to drop off of the edge of the solar panel and prevents accumulation. If you are located in a particularly cold area that is prone to heavy snow, we recommend no less than a 40 degree angle to ensure optimum performance.
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