Embrace the Chill: Why Winter is the Ideal Time to Invest in Solar Energy

Wintertime: The Un-sung Hero for Solar Installations

As the temperature drops and winter blankets the world in snow, you might not think about installing solar panels. However, contrary to popular belief, winter could be the perfect time to take the plunge into solar energy. As a seasoned solar installer, we’ve witnessed the advantages that come with winter installations. Let’s explore why this chilly season might just be the ideal time for you to make the switch to solar.

4 Reasons why winter is the best time to make Decision to switch to solar power

1. Faster Solar Installation Timelines:

Most people think about making the switch to solar power during the summer when the sun is out for long periods, and electric bills skyrocket with the use of air conditioning. They often don’t think ahead to preparing for summer peak usage. 

As the rush of the summer season cools off, building permit departments get a chance to catch up on permit approvals, and our installation crews have more flexibility with scheduling. With fewer projects in the queue, solar projects started in wintertime typically come with overall shorter lead times. Installing solar panels during the winter means you’ll be up and running sooner, ready to harness the increasing sunlight as spring and summer approach. The faster turnaround time allows you to start reaping the benefits of solar energy sooner than if you were to wait until the busier months.

2. Prepare for the Summer Surge:

Investing in solar during the winter ensures your system is up and running by the time summer arrives. Preparing for summer is crucial, especially for your first year when you’re building your credit bank up for the first time. If you aren’t up to speed with how net metering works or what we’re talking about when we say your credit bank, check out our blog post that explains all about what net metering is and how it works

Every house is a little bit different, but the typical trend we see is homeowners starting to build their credit bank sometime between February and April. If you don’t get your system installed until the middle of the summertime, you most likely won’t have built up enough of a credit bank to cover those pricey air conditioning costs the first year. It will all even out by the end of year 2, but if you’re looking to walk into some serious savings year 1, wintertime is the most advantageous time of the year for a solar installation. 

The strategic timing of wintertime installations allows you to harness the increased sunlight during the longer days, precisely when your energy consumption tends to rise. By the time warmer weather rolls around, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of reduced energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

3. Capitalize on Tax Incentives and Rebates:

Government incentives and tax credits play a significant role in making solar power more affordable. We often talk with clients who are looking for ways to leverage their solar installation to help with their year-end tax bill, especially toward the end of the year. 

A solar system must be installed in the same calendar that the tax credit is claimed. So, if you’re looking to make the most out of this year’s tax season and are looking for some extra ways to save on your year end tax bill, a winter installation can often be the perfect fit. By purchasing a solar system in winter, you position yourself to take advantage of these programs, potentially increasing your overall savings.

Learn more about the federal tax credit and other local incentives.

4. Snow Reflects Sunlight:

While snow may cover solar panels temporarily, the bright, white surface can enhance sunlight reflection. In some cases, the reflective properties of snow can contribute to increased energy production once the panels are clear, offsetting the impact of the winter weather.

Pro Tip:
Worried about your panels getting covered with snow?... Don't be.

1. WE factor snow into our initial desings

As one of the premier solar installers in Colorado and Oregon, we understand that snow is a real thing. We know your solar panels aren’t going to be producing quite as much electricity as they do in the summertime due to weather, and so we factor that into all of our designs. 

2. Solar Panels have electricity flowing through them

Solar panels have electricity flowing through them, which generates heat that will start melting your panels off fast.

3. Our Sleek Black-on-black design

Our panels are a black-on-black design encased in a glare resistant glass – essentially creating a black mirror. When the sun starts to hit the panels everything heats it up quickly, melting any remaining snow off the panels. The snow will be off your panels in no time, which is more than the rest of your roof can say.

Don't let this winter slip by

As one of the premier solar installers in Colorado and Oregon, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits of winter installations. From cost savings to faster timelines and increased efficiency, the advantages are compelling. Don’t let the winter chill deter you from making a smart investment in solar energy. Embrace the season, and you might find that winter is the perfect time to take the first step toward a more sustainable and cost-effective future with solar power.