Summer in Florida works a little differently than most places. After months of long, beautiful sunny days that help Florida to rank 3rd in the country for potential solar production, we are now entering the rainy season. This past week brought us a string of unusually lengthy stormy days that may have left some of you scratching your heads, wondering, “so, how does my solar system fare during rainy days?”
Solar Production #’s In The Rain
While your solar panels can see a reduction of around 10-25% efficiency during rainy and cloudy days, here are some important factors to remember:
Rain Can Also Improve Panel Efficiency
Leaves, bird poop, and more: any debris coverage your solar panels have acquired throughout our drier Winter season can also affect their efficiency. Rain storms provide your panels with a much-needed cleaning; so when the clouds clear up, your panels will be ready to do an even better job of absorbing the sun’s energy.
Net Metering Your Solar Power
What about all those months you overproduced? Luckily, in Florida, we have Net Metering. Your electric company takes note when you feed energy back into the grid, and stores it for you to draw upon later (this is how you still have power during night hours).
Slow & Steady Wins the Race
Solar systems are designed with the big picture in mind. We calculate your energy needs based upon your annual consumption. That means we create clean energy packages that ensure your ability to produce enough KWH to cover you for the year, rain or shine.