Fact or Fiction: Do Solar Panels Work on Cloudy Days?

medium_6708051723Solar panels seem like a pretty amazing and fruitful way to gather energy, especially since the sun is basically an unlimited source of energy.  However, if you live in a cloudy climate, or you are simply worried about an occasional cloudy day, you may be concerned about their effectiveness—so here are the facts.

Rumor Has It

We’ve all heard the rumor that solar panels don’t work on cloudy days, and to a degree, it used to be correct.   This rumor made sense because solar panels do require the sun to harvest energy. This makes a cloudy day seem like a poor source of energy, and of course at night, these panels can’t absorb any of their much needed sunlight.

But the Truth Is

However, with recent developments, solar panels are becoming more and more efficient at working in cloudy environments.  In fact, solar panels today can even work consistently in frequently cloudy environments, such as Seattle.

Of course, maximum sunlight is desirable for maximum power generation, but even on the cloudiest of days, solar panels can still absorb energy from the hidden sun. So, all things considered, the rumor of solar panels breaking down on cloudy days is altogether a fiction.

The Future

Solar panels are already a great idea—they absorb energy without any negative byproducts—but, as technology continues to advance, you can count on your panels only getting more efficient with time.  Install panels today, and see the energy they harvest now, and in the future.