Home Solar Power in Hot Climates

It doesn’t take a genius to know that solar power works off the sun and the energy it creates. It’s no surprise then that solar power is most popular in the southern, sunny states. Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, California, and Arizona lead the way in solar production per capita. These hot climates are perfect for squeezing every drop out of your solar panels, but they do provide their own unique set of challenges. If done correctly, solar power can be a great resource to help keep electricity costs under control, even when the air conditioning is struggling to keep up.

Choose Equipment Suited for the Temperature

Not all solar equipment is created equal. Solar panels, inverters and racking systems come in a wide variety of applications, each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Some equipment is made with the goal of being cost efficient, while some is made with longevity and long-term cost savings in mind. When considering solar for your home, you need to make sure you choose equipment that is designed for extreme heat. There are many options for solar equipment that fits these requirements, so make sure to work with a solar installer that is upfront about the equipment they use. All solar equipment has a corresponding spec sheet that will let you know it’s operating temperature range, as well as a few other points of important information. Make sure your solar equipment is rated to withstand temperatures of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get a Long Warranty

High temperatures shorten the life of all electronic equipment, and solar equipment is no exception. Taking in all that sunlight and heat, day after day, year after year, can noticeably reduce the lifespan of your solar equipment. All quality solar equipment comes with a warranty from the manufacturer that protects you in case the equipment fails prematurely, but some manufacturers offer longer warranty lengths than others. The longest warranties available currently are 25 years. Long warranty lengths are especially necessary in hot or otherwise harsh climates.

Choose a Local Installer

Local solar installers are crucial in hot climates. They specialize in your particular area of the country so it is easier for a local installer to choose the right equipment and warranty package for your climate. They are also more accustomed to designing solar panel system configurations that can cope with extreme heat. Make sure to check the equipment specifications the installer is using, even if you are using a local installer.

Control Shading Issues

Shade from trees and other tall objects wreak havoc on solar panel systems. Not only are they a danger to the panels in windy conditions, shade can drastically reduce solar production and even shorten the life of the solar panels. This is true especially so in hot climates. Your solar installer should check for any current or potential future shading issues when initially evaluating your home. Any shade where the panels are going to sit should be corrected at this time, either by trimming the tree or removing the shade source completely. If removing or controlling the shade source is not a viable option, the solar panels should be arranged in the way to avoid the shade.

The sunshine belt leads the way in solar power, with more solar panel systems being installed every day. The high temperatures present some unique challenges, but with the right know-how, solar power can be a valuable, money-saving addition to your home for many years to come!