Solar panel installation during monsoon is a great idea. It might come as a surprise, but solar panels generate electricity even when days are cloudy and rainy. It is because solar energy is derived from daylight and not from direct sunlight.
Are solar panels effective in the rainy season?
Let’s first understand how the solar photovoltaic (PV) panels produce electricity when the sun hides behind the veil of dark rain clouds.
Even on cloudy and rainy days, you can see the objects around you clearly because the light from the sun is still illuminating the day. In other words, photons (packets of light) reach the earth’s surface during monsoon days. The photovoltaic cells of the panels generate solar power in the form of direct current (DC) when these photons hit their surface. Solar inverter converts this direct current into alternating current (AC) that powers your property.
That’s why solar rooftop installation during the monsoon season is not such a bad idea. In fact, there are many benefits of installing a solar PV panel system on your roof during the rainy season. We’ve enlisted some of them below:
1. Although the Net Cost of Solar Energy Decreases, the Cost of Panels Can Increase
The overall benefit from solar panel installation on your rooftop has decreased drastically in recent years. It is owing to the improved panel efficiency (with the advent of high-quality panels like monocrystalline half cut and bifacial), the betterment in the technologies associated with batteries and inverters leading to enhanced efficiencies.
However, the prices of solar panels are also surging, with the increased demand of solar energy in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. That’s why delaying the solar installation until the monsoon ends could mean that you would have to pay more.
Also, the general perception (of the people who have not read this blog) would lead them to believe that they should install solar during the sunny days. It means that the demand for the solar rooftop installation will skyrocket after the monsoons, leading to a sharp surge in market prices.
In short, installing solar PV system during the time when the general perception is against it could mean that you’re paying much less for the solar panels and still getting the benefits of improved efficiency of a solar system over the years.
2. Your Panels Are Rainproof
You might wonder, “can rainwater damage solar panels?” The good news is – no! Even if you go for solar installation in dry season, it has to work in all seasons for years. That’s why most solar panels in the market are waterproof.
In other words, you don’t need to worry about the effect of rainwater on solar cell panels. On the other hand, you should choose the mounting structures that work well during the wet season.
Most solar rooftop installation companies install galvanized iron mounting structures, because these structures are corrosion proof. However, we at Infinit Energy Solutions, we use galvalume, an even more resilient material against rain, heat, and cold that will extend the life of your solar rooftop system.
3. Rainwater Cleans Solar Panels
During the monsoon, rainwater becomes a readily available resource for homeowners looking to clean their solar panels. It naturally and effectively cleanses the panels and washes away any debris, dust, or bird droppings that accumulate on them. This maximizes the panel efficiency, and the solar system works at its peak performance.
4. Your Solar Panels Can Generate Electricity in Diffused Light Conditions
As mentioned earlier, with a slightly lesser output, solar panels still generate electricity during cloudy and rainy days. Moreover, with the advancements in technology, solar pv panels have become more resilient during diffuse light conditions.
Furthermore, the reduced temperature during the rainy season improves the conductivity of the panels. It means, the diffused light conditions are compensated for a bit by the improved electrical conductivity of the panels.
5. Contributing to Grid Stability and Reducing Strain
Solar rooftop installation encourages decentralized power generation, where individual homes contribute to the overall energy supply. During monsoons, heavy electricity consumption, particularly from air conditioning systems, can place stress on the power grid.
By generating solar power, homeowners alleviate the strain on the grid and contribute to its stability. This can help prevent power outages and improve the overall reliability of the electricity supply in the region.
As the monsoon clouds gather and the rains pour, the idea of solar panel installation shines bright with promise. Utilizing rainwater for panel cleaning, enjoying enhanced panel efficiency in cooler temperatures, and contributing to grid stability are just a few of the many advantages of going solar during the monsoons.
This environmentally friendly decision not only benefits individual solar system owners (residential, commercial, and industrial) in terms of energy savings but also fosters a sustainable future for generations to come.
So, why wait? Harness solar energy for a brighter and greener tomorrow!
Do you need solar installation in Indore, Ujjain, and nearby areas? Contact Infinit Energy Solutions today.