Can you install solar panels in the winter in Massachusetts?
Jan. 08, 2019
As you may already know from following our blog, 2019 is going to be a big year for solar. It’s the last year of the full 30% federal solar tax incentive, and with the SMART program in full swing, Massachusetts homeowners who install solar could receive thousands of dollars in incentives over the next decade.
The early winter months of the year are a great time to start enjoying these and other benefits of solar energy, but many Massachusetts homeowners wonder if winter is really an ideal time to go solar. As the #1 Massachusetts based residential solar contractor, we’re here to dispel some of the myths surrounding winter solar installations and explain why winter might be the ideal time for you to make the switch to solar.
Why Winter Is a Great Time to Install Solar in MA
Maximize the Financial Benefits of Solar
Though SMART just recently began accepting applications this past November, it’s important to remember that applicants are placed in capacity blocks on a first come, first served basis — and the incentives decline as each block fills up. This means that the sooner you have your solar system installed, the more likely you are to qualify for greater financial incentives.
Beat the Spring Rush for Solar Installations
Spring and summer tend to be busy seasons for solar contractors here in Massachusetts. If you wait until the spring or summer to schedule your solar panel installation, you could end up competing with other homeowners to get your system installed sooner. This makes winter a great time to get ahead of the rush.
Solar Panels Still Thrive in Winter Weather
Some homeowners worry about how snow may affect a solar panel’s ability to generate energy, especially if their solar panels will be roof-mounted. Light snow is not a concern because the wind can easily blow it off, and the snow actually scatters light, making energy production still possible. Heavy snow can limit energy production; however, many types of solar panels are designed to let snow slide off easily. Even partially exposed solar panels are able to generate electricity. What’s more is that solar panels actually operate more efficiently when it’s cold outside. So after a big snow, wait for the sun to come out to heat up your solar panels and the snow will naturally slide off. Don’t sweep or rake your panels to try to remove snow because you could scratch the panels’ surface.
Our Installers Are Ready for Winter Weather
Another reason winter is a great time to go solar? Solar installers actually often prefer working in the winter. Working on a hot asphalt roof for several hours in the middle of the summer can easily make for uncomfortable work conditions. During the winter, on the other hand, solar technicians can bundle up against the cold.
At Boston Solar, our technicians are fully trained to work safely in unfavorable winter weather conditions. We also keep a close eye on the local weather forecast so we can plan ahead of time for how snow or icy weather may affect your project. If you’re considering installing solar panels this winter, we’re ready to start designing your new system!
Start saving with solar now and schedule your solar installation this winter. Contact us or call 617-858-1645 today to get a free quote!