Summer months have always been considered optimal for solar “output” or, how much electricity your solar system is producing versus what you’re using from the grid. The main reason for this is the fact that there are more hours of sunlight, so more solar power is produced overall. Since the sun is beaming for more hours during summer days, people often see a correlation between solar energy and summertime. The actual efficiency of each panel drops as temperatures rise, though, and it’s been proven that panels perform better in cooler temperatures. The reason your system may produce less during autumn and winter months is simply because there are less hours of sunlight for your system to soak up.
Don’t get us wrong – we still live for the summer months. Because the days are longer, system often OVERproduce energy during this time, so any extra energy is pushed back into the grid to build a bank of credits with your utility company — this is called net metering. You’ll be able to easily use these credits when your system doesn’t produce as much solar energy during shorter days. There really isn’t a “right” or “wrong” time to make the switch to cleaner, more affordable energy – just keep in mind that depending on the time of year, inspections and installations may be halted due to inclement weather.