The most common question for renewable energy enthusiasts and potential buyers has always been about the right time/ season to install a solar energy system. And the most common misconception about solar panels is that they perform well during summer and requires hot sunny weather to be at their best, which is absolutely not true.
First of all we need to remember that solar is not a seasonal product!
How do we define a seasonal product? Consider for example, a cooler or a heater or geyser - these are seasonal appliances, as a consumer needs them only for a particular season and stores them away till the next year. While solar on the other hand is nothing like it, nor is your energy usage.
Now consider sunlight as a resource and the fact that we can use it as raw material to generate our own electricity, we are indeed very lucky to be living in a part of the world where we receive an average of over 300 sunny days every year. Our generally sunny weather and clear skies makes more sense to install solar panels for homes and businesses. And when it comes to going solar, there’s no time like right now! Regardless of the time of year, going solar sooner is always better and the earlier you do so, the faster you’ll experience the many benefits of solar energy.
As far as the best time to install solar panels is concerned, it may sound surprising for you to know that winter is one of the best times of the year to install solar panels and especially beneficial, as it helps us to prepare for the hottest time of the year. Well, you may not agree, so let’s discuss some of the important factors to keep in mind..
Winter is the optimal time to install solar panels
Although summer is the most popular time to install solar panels, winter is actually more ideal for most energy consumers.
You may have often heard that solar systems are not effective over the winter months, but this is false. Although the climate plays its role and does have a direct impact on the working of your solar system, but it’s not like there is no sun at all during winters. Even if you live in a region with heavy clouds, low temperatures or heavy rainfall, your solar panels still generate electricity, with 30 to 50% average monthly power generation in most parts of India, even during the rainy season.
Also, the effectiveness of a solar panel system relies on light and not heat, so you won’t have to worry about not being able to produce enough electricity without the summer’s blaze, as sunny days with cooler temperatures can still mean big production.
Here are the top four reasons why we recommend setting up your home solar system during winters:
1. Save money
When summer comes around and temperatures increase, the A/C and coolers are working overtime resulting in higher energy bills. While, getting prepared earlier in the year helps with cutting costs. If you wait until you get your first summertime air conditioning bill, you’re already too late. And by the time the thought of savings crosses your mind, you already end up spending more on your utility bills.
Also, as there’s less demand in the winter, you can save money on the cost of your solar panel installation. Keep in mind that pricing will depend on the specifics of your home, from location to roof size. Unlike other solar installers, who only provide a few limited options to choose from, we design the system as per specific energy needs of every customer, helping you to reduce cost and maximize efficiency.
Green Enpower offers solar installation with no up-front installation costs and customised design for every solar energy system to save you money.
2. Faster solar panel installation
Most people do not plan on their savings in advance and as the average electricity bill is usually low for most homeowners during winters, people don’t consider going solar around this time of the year.
By initiating it earlier in winters, you’ll be able to get the paperwork signed off and have all the bits and pieces ready to go and won’t have to wait long to get things moving. During summers, there’s a rush of customers and the metering process is slower with large number of applications waiting to be processed. By getting the ball rolling in winters, with fewer installations in your neighbourhood, you can definitely stay ahead of the game!
3. Start building power for summer
Solar panel installation involves a lot of government paperwork and permission from utility companies before your solar panels start producing electricity. As summer is one of the busiest times of the year for the electricity grid, by signing up in the winters, you can have it all done before the summer heat arrives, allowing you to save money on your utility bills and start collecting power as solar credits to be used up later. This means you won’t need to rely on your electricity supplier as much during summer and can save big on your electricity bill.
Prepping for summer now also means you won’t waste time indoors researching and can focus on enjoying the warm weather!
4. You can invest your tax refund
You mostly receive your tax return for the previous financial year by this time of the year. But instead of blowing the cash on something you’ll regret, why not put the funds toward your solar energy system? By using your tax refund, you’ll lighten the financial load of purchasing a top of the line system without having to drain your savings.
Going solar is easier than you think
If your roof and your electricity bill meet the right requirements, we can start the solar panel installation process for you immediately. Green Enpower will help you with everything from designing a custom solar system and installing solar panels to monitoring and maintenance. We will do the hard work, all you have to do is reach out and talk to us about getting started. We’re here to answer all your questions!
After a quick virtual qualifying process, you’ll be connected with one of our expert Solar Advisors who will help you every step of the way. If you’re already waiting to get started or want to learn more, contact the experts at Green Enpower today.