What happens to solar panel production with the end of daylight saving time?
We’re coming up on the most wonderful time of year. No, we’re not talking about any of those holidays that so many love in November and December, but rather the end of daylight saving time. Yes, on Nov. 4, we turn our clocks back one hour and thus gain one additional hour of sleep on that Sunday morning.
As great as that is for anyone in need of additional rest, the result is that it gets darker one hour earlier than the day before. For those in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, that means sunset will be at 5:26 p.m. after being at 6:27 just a day earlier. The further north you go, the amount of daylight is even less because of the Earth’s tilt. For example in Michigan, Detroit will have about 30 fewer minutes of sunlight than Charlotte.
But does the end of daylight saving time mean one fewer hour of sunlight, with solar production falling precipitously as a result? No! Remember that sunrise now occurs one hour earlier too. The only daylight change from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4 we’ll see will be 2 minutes, as the amount of daylight continues to gradually shrink until the winter solstice arrives on Dec. 21. So as the end of the year nears, know that your solar panels will have less and less daylight to generate electricity, and you won’t be seeing the amount of production you enjoyed in the late spring and summer months.
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But never fear, what goes down must come back up, and after Dec. 21, daylight will be on the rise again. Thus is the cycle of solar, and why we measure solar production over a full year, not any day, week or month. The larger the sample size, the more we can accurately gauge how much energy your solar panels will produce for your home.
However, if you ever have questions about the production of your solar panels, you can always check their production via the SolarEdge app. Your solar inverter transmits data that allows you to track your production online. If there’s still question about your production, Power Home would be happy to evaluate your power bills to make sure that you are getting what you paid for.
With our innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American-made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.
Please feel free to fill out the form below or contact Power Home Solar at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.