September 15, 2022
Infographic about solar energy during winter

California homeowners often think about adding solar panels to their homes in the summertime because the heat is a great reminder of the power of the sun. But can solar panels power your home year-round, even in the winter months?

Yes! Solar panels work year-round in the majority of climates. Read on to learn more about solar panels and how they can work for your Davis, Dixon, or Vacaville, California home from the expert team at Greiner Heating, Air, & Solar.

How Solar Panels Work

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight to energy. But how does this process work?

  1. When the sun hits a solar panel, the PV cells absorb light from the sun.
  2. The PV cells convert the sunlight into DC electricity.
  3. Your solar inverter converts the DC electricity into AC electricity that your home can actually use.
  4. Unused power goes to your local grid, or to a solar battery.

Even though there's less sunlight during the winter, there's still plenty of light for your solar panels to work. In fact, solar panels are most efficient on cool, bright days, making winter, fall, and spring optimal solar panel efficiency. In California, you can get the most out of solar panels for the majority of the year! And, solar incentives can help you save thousands on your solar installation.

Learn more about residential solar with Greiner, your local team of experts. Call 530-753-1784 or contact us online today!

Think solar doesn't work in winter?

Think again!

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