Solar Panels and Energy on a Cloudy Day

If there is one thing Florida isn’t lacking, it’s sunshine. This is why Florida seems to be the optimal location for those wanting solar panels. But what happens on cloudy days? How will your panels capture the energy from the sun, if there’s no sun to be seen? Considering the energy is coming directly from the sun, we understand why this is a topic of concern. Don’t worry, you won’t be left in the dark!
Even on overcast, cloudy days, sunlight still makes its way through the clouds, and onto your solar panels!

How Does Solar Power Work When it is Cloudy?

While solar panels obviously work best in direct sunlight, they also do an amazing job at capturing sunlight even when it is being covered by clouds. That’s right- solar panels can capture sunlight that is being filtered through the clouds, as well as reflected sunlight that is being bounced off of buildings or even the ground! Even on cloudy, rainy days, visible light still makes its way through the clouds. Solar panels are so sensitive, that they are able to collect light that is hardly visible, and convert it into the energy you need! Infrared light actually can reach your solar panels as well! Infrared light has a shorter wavelength than visible light, making it reach your solar panels quicker!

One Day VS A Whole Year

If you are still concerned, keep in mind that when you are looking into whether solar panels are the best option for you, you are looking at the amount of sunlight that you get over a whole year, not just on one cloudy day! Florida averages about 270 sunny days a year, producing plenty of sunlight to be converted into energy, including extra energy for your home to draw from on those cloudy days- if needed!
Have you ever gotten a tan or even a sunburn on a cloudy day? It’s the same concept. Just because you may not be able to see the sunshine getting through the clouds, it is! Not sure if solar panels are the best choice for your home? Contact us today so we can provide you with a free energy audit!