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Think Solar Isn’t Effective During the Winter? Think Again

A five-year study led by Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT) Alternative Energy Technology program found that the impact of snowfall only results in three percent loss of solar energy.


Think Solar Isn’t Effective During the Winter? Think Again

For many Canadians looking to invest in a solar system for their homes and business, how effective the system will be year-round is often a top-of-mind question.

Specifically, they want to know if snow could hinder their ability to produce energy.

The answer? No, it does not – and the science is there to prove it.

In July of 2018, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT) Alternative Energy Technology program released the findings of a five-year study on the hindrance of snowfall on solar panels.

Their results found that snow only resulted in a three percent energy loss – much lower than the initial energy projections of as much as 20 percent.

As to be expected, there are external factors that could affect the results, such as the tilt of the panel and the level of dirt or dust on it.

That’s why it’s so important to always look out for these things when installing a system.

This study goes a long way in proving how viable solar energy truly can be for anyone, including those in colder climates like ourselves.

As a proudly Canadian company, we’re happy to see that Canadian institutes are leading the way in the latest research about solar energy.

At Brightworks, we are always searching for and implementing the latest industry information into our strategies and plans for our clients.

It’s this commitment that has built such a trust with our client base and guided each of our customers to success.

Ready to start generating your own energy and take control of your power bill?

Contact us today so we can put our world-class expertise to work for you.

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