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Blue Skies: Does Solar Power Still Work on Rainy Days?

In 2020, approximately eleven percent of the United States’ renewable energy consumption was solar. That same year, solar energy use increased 22 percent across the nation!

With all the state and federal incentives and rebates available, switching to solar power has never been easier. However, not everyone is so keen on relying on solar panels for their electricity, especially those who live in climates with many rainy days.

Do solar panels work on rainy and cloudy days? This post will answer that question and help you decide whether to go solar. But first, let’s take a look at the basics of how solar panels work!

Understanding the Basics of Solar Panels

Solar panels are made up of solar cells, each with two parts- one with negative electrons and one with positive electrons.

When the sun’s rays reach the solar cells, the photons move the electrons from the side where the negative charge is greater to the part where it’s lacking. This reaction creates an electrical current. The more electrons released by the photons, the more electricity the solar cell generates.

All the unused electrons return to the negative panel to create more energy. As a result, a continuous current powers your home during sunny days.

Do Solar Panels Work on Rainy Days?

As mentioned, solar panels perform optimally in direct sun. However, they can still produce plenty of energy in areas with indirect sunlight.

For example, in cloudy weather, solar panels can generate 10-25% of the energy they would produce on a sunny day. The same is true on rainy days, especially if it isn’t raining all day long.

Moreover, rain is quite beneficial for your solar panels because it washes away dust and debris that prevent them from absorbing sunlight. So, your solar panels will work better than ever after the rain passes and the sun comes out.

And, even if there is a streak of rainy days in your city, you don’t have to worry about going without electricity. If you have the space, you can store energy in solar batteries.

However, most people participate in a net metering program with their local solar company. This allows people with solar panels to get credits for the solar energy they don’t use right away from their panels. Then, when they need more energy, such as on rainy days, they can borrow energy using their credits.

If you’d like to learn more, be sure to get a solar quote from a company that operates in your area!

Power Your Home No Matter the Weather!

Now that you know how solar panels work, you don’t have to worry about running out of power, even on rainy days.

Moreover, with the help of a good solar energy company, you can participate in net metering programs that provide you with the peace of mind you need to go solar. So, contact one in your area to learn more!

And, if you would like to know more about solar energy, check out more posts on our blog!