Do solar PV panels generate power in cold, snowy weather?

| January 17, 2020

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A common myth is that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels do not work during the winter, as the technology is often mistakenly associated only with sunny, warm climates. However, some of the most popular regions for solar adoption have cold, snowy winters. According to SEIA/GTM research through Q3 of 2019, some of the snowiest, coldest states in the U.S. – New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York – are consistently among the top 10 states for cumulative installed solar electric capacity. On a global scale, look at Germany – one of the most active solar markets on the planet. Despite brutal winters, the country has set a goal to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable power sources, including solar, by 2050.

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