Do Solar Panels Work In Snow and Winter Conditions? May 2024 – MarketWatch

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High-quality solar panels are very tough and durable. Leading manufacturers like SunPower and Silfab design photovoltaic modules to handle a snow load of over 5,400 pascals or around 550 kilograms of snow per square meter.

To reach this load, your solar panels would need to be buried under several feet of snow, which is unlikely to happen under normal conditions. Generally, snow buildup will only reach a few inches before it slides off or melts away. In many cases, solar panels are likely exposed to a small fraction of their maximum snow load in real-world applications. The top solar brands also offer product warranties of around 25 years to help protect your investment.

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