There has never been a more vital time to become eco-conscious and start living a greener lifestyle. There are many steps you can take to be more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint. A solar panel installation is just one of them.
Solar panels allow homeowners to generate a renewable source of clean energy, but can this power be utilised at all times? Jewel Renewables supply and install high yield PV solar panels, and our experts are sharing how green energy can be generated for your home 365 days a year.
Can Solar Panels Make Energy All Day?
It is not uncommon for TV sets to be left on standby, a phone to be charging, the fridge/freezer to be constantly running, and the oven switched on at the socket. Modern homes require energy 24/7, and solar energy is an environmentally friendly way to meet this demand.
On average, a single PV solar panel will generate around 2 kWh of energy per day; this is nowhere near enough to power all of the appliances in a modern home. Often homeowners choose to install several panels, significantly reducing their need to supplement energy from the National Grid.
Solar panel with an inverter. work by converting the sun’s natural energy into an electrical current for use around the home. It is not surprising that the maximum levels of solar energy are produced during the day when the sun is shining and there is minimum cloud coverage.
How To Use Solar Energy At Night?
As solar energy is generated during daylight hours, it is no surprise that when the sun has set, your solar panels will not be generating any power for your home. While your panels will not be able to create new electricity at night, power generated during the day can be stored for later use.
If you want to power your home with solar energy 24/7, you will need to invest in an energy storage battery. Solar panels will generate high levels of energy during the day, and any excess can be stored in the battery, ready to be used once the sun has gone down.
Solar storage batteries can be expensive, but these batteries are worth every penny if you want to run your home exclusively on green energy. While the moon does emit some light, photovoltaic cell solar panels are only able to produce electricity with sunlight. Homeowners who do not wish to purchase a solar storage pack can power their homes with electricity from the National Grid at night.
Can Solar Energy Be Generated In Winter?
Solar energy can be used during the day and night, but what happens when the sun isn’t shining? Advances in solar power technology have made it possible for electricity to be generated on days when there is cloud cover including during the winter months. Modern solar panels will produce energy 365 days a year, and weatherproof installations can tolerate the poor British climate.
Contrary to popular belief, solar panels don’t need a hot sunny day to function at their total capacity. In fact, due to the way solar energy reacts with the PV cells, solar panels generate the most energy on a cold day with clear skies, not on a boiling hot summer’s day. Solar panels work better on cool, clear days due to the higher difference between the energy in the sunlight (photons) and the energy in the PV cell (electrons). The larger the difference between the photons and electrons, the more power will be generated.
Modern solar panels are manufactured with effective weatherproofing, but snow can interfere with their function during the winter months. If heavy snowfall settles on the solar panels, it can coat the solar cells and disrupt the energy generation process. Fortunately, snow is not a common occurrence here in the UK, and your solar panels will be able to offer reliable performance all year round.
With a solar panel installation, homeowners can enjoy a green source of energy from morning until night. Whether the sun is blazing in the sky or it’s a grey and cloudy day, solar panels can generate power for your home and reduce your reliance on expensive energy suppliers.
Become an Eco Warrior With Jewel Renewables Solar Panels!
At Jewel Renewables, we help homeowners across Hampshire, Berkshire, and Surrey generate green energy with a state-of-the-art solar panel installation. Our solar panels will create electricity all year round, including days with a lot of cloud coverage.
To speak to our solar panel experts, call 01276 748300 or enter your questions and details into our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey towards a greener lifestyle.