With winter upon us, unique challenges arise with solar panels. One of the challenges is how to remove snow from solar panels. Why is snow on solar panels a problem?
Snow drifts down the panels and on to the roof and guttering. This is not ideal at all because the weight of the snow places stresses on the guttering that it was not designed to take. Then the snow accumulates on the panels and can in many cases inhibit power generation if it does not stop it altogether as illustrated below.
Snow covered solar panels
These are the reasons to remove the snow from your solar panels, roof and guttering as soon as possible. This is not an easy job for a homeowner.
Snow can be removed using a roof rake, though if not used carefully, this may damage the solar panels. Another option is to broom the snow off the solar panels. The final option is to wait for it to thaw. However, waiting for a thaw is risky due to the pressure placed on guttering fittings. Too much standing snow can cause gutters to collapse. It is, therefore, advisable to use a professional company to remove the snow.
Solar Panels After Snow Removal
Such a company will be fully insured for this type of work, have the experience necessary for such a job as well as the correct snow removing and solar panel cleaning kit. For more information about our snow removal service, please contact us.
Posted on January 21, 2013
by Steve Williams filed under