Do solar panels work in winter? The answer is more complex than you think

Do solar panels work in winter - snow on roof
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Asking the question ‘do solar panels work in winter?’ is a reasonable one. As energy costs soar, and more and more homeowners are considering installing solar panels on their roof in a bid to save on energy bills, it’s only right to question how they will work and how much energy they can generate day-to-day, especially during the winter months. 

Solar panels are growing in popularity again not least because the expected payback time has reduced as electricity costs rise. However, unlike sunnier climes, the UK weather can be temperamental and we are prone to dull, cloudy days. So, will you get the most out of solar panels on your roof, especially in winter? 

Robin Whitlock
Freelance journalist

Robin is a freelance journalist based in the South West of England, UK. He specialises in environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy, with other interests in transport and green motoring. He is a regular daily correspondent for a renewable energy website, writing news articles and interview pieces on all the main clean energy technologies. He has also written widely for numerous magazines on these topics, as well as writing white papers and web content.