Q: Should I be concerned that I need to remove the snow from my system?

A: No. While you can shovel off the panels, it’s not recommended as you might damage the system. Snow typically melts faster on the panels than on a roof, since the black panels trap heat, and the system itself gives off heat.

 

Q: Doesn’t this mean that the projecteSolar Panels with snowd output of my system will be higher than the actual output?

A: No. Solar contractors factor in the winter and snow when estimating the productivity of your system. In fact, solar PV systems often work better in the cold than in the heat. Also, if there’s snow on the ground, but not on your panels, the higher albedo (or reflectivity) will improve productivity. PV system owners frequently report their system is operating at more than 100% its rated capacity.

 

 

Q: Does this mean that my system loses me money?

A: Quite the opposite. In Massachusetts, utility prices are higher than they are in places like Arizona where the sun shines more regularly. Thus, while we get fewer sunny days annually, a solar PV system is a better investment here than in the southwest.

 

Q: Will the combined weight of the snow and the solar PV system cause my roof to collapse?Solar Panels with snow2

A: No. FireFlower only works with legitimate solar contractors, who thoroughly inspect the structural integrity of a building prior to installation. Snow loads are the reason that these contractors spend money on third-party structural engineers. None of the current arrays that our clients have installed have had any issues with snow this winter because of this strict scrutiny.

 

 

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