When is the Best Time to Install Solar Panels?


The answer might not be what you think…

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When it comes to going solar, there’s no time like right now. We’re talking about installing solar panels in the winter! Winter is the optimal time for a variety of reasons.

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 home solar systems, from helping the environment to avoiding blackouts.

But going solar in the winter is especially beneficial.

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 homeowners.

You may have heard that solar systems are less effective over the winter months, but this is false. Even if you live in a region with heavy clouds and low temperatures, your solar panels will still generate energy. In fact, solar panel efficiency can increase in cold weather.

Here are the top three reasons why we recommend setting up your home solar system in the winter:

1. Save money

Since 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 cookie-cutter options to choose from, we create a custom design for each customer, helping to reduce costs and maximize efficiency.

Sungevity offers solar installation with no up-front installation costs and we custom design every solar system to save families money.

2. Faster solar panel installation

Again, fewer people install solar panels over the winter, so you won’t have to wait long to get things moving. Whereas during the summer, you might find yourself at the end of a long line of homeowners, waiting weeks for an installer to come out to your house. In the slower, colder months, when there are fewer installations in your neighborhood, we can get to your house quicker. And since our time to install is among the fastest in the industry, it won’t be long before your solar panels are up and running.

3. Beat the heat

Remember, it takes time to get those panels installed. Solar panel installation involves a lot of government paperwork and permission from utility companies before your solar panels start producing electricity for you. Once you sign with Sungevity, we have an industry-leading time to turning your solar power on, but it still takes time: 45 days on average. Other companies take longer.

When summer comes around and temperatures increase, so do electricity bills. Homeowners tend to use more A/C in the months of June, July and August, so 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.

Don’t worry, we’ll handle the entire process and paperwork for you, but it will take a few weeks. If you sign up in the winter, we can have it all done before the summer heat arrives, allowing you to save money on your utility bill.

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. We do all the hard work, all you have to do is reach out to us and talk with someone about getting started. We’re here to answer all your questions!

After a quick virtual qualifying process, Sungevity can present a hi-res satellite image design for your home as well as quote you a price. If you’re ready to get started or want to learn more, contact the experts at Sungevity today.

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From EnergySage: “Cold, sunny weather is actually good for panels. Winter months are actually good for solar energy production, as long as your panels aren’t covered by snow. Like most electronics, solar panels function more efficiently in cold conditions than in hot. This means that your panels will produce more power for each precious hour of sunshine during the short days of winter.” Article

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