If you’re on the prowl for reliable, clean energy, you might have caught yourself wondering, “Do solar panels get hot?” Well, of course they do! These large energy producers are outside on the hottest days of the year without sunscreen or sunglasses. How do solar panels hold up when exposed to the most extreme conditions? Some perform much better than others. Let’s answer some of your burning questions to see if your solar panels can take the heat.
Does Temperature Affect Solar Panel Efficiency?
Temperature can impact the amount of energy your solar panels produce. Now that you’ve read up on the effects of heat on solar panels, aren’t you wondering about the cold? If you’re bummed out that your state doesn’t get “enough” sunshine, stop asking, “Do solar panels work on cloudy days?” The answer is, they definitely do. In fact, solar panel performance increases in cooler temperatures and may decrease in severely hot temperatures. But it’s vital to note that solar panels are generating clean energy from the sun’s light, not the sun’s heat. Let’s take a look at another big concern with solar panels and temperature.
Do Solar Panels Get Hot?
Solar panels definitely get hot. A solar system, or sometimes called a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, produces electricity through a process called the photovoltaic effect. When sunlight hits a solar panel, it brings a bunch of microscopic photons with it to the surface of the PV cell. From here, a solar panel produces electrons to send through an electrical conductor and power your home.
The Thermodynamics of It All
So, to answer: do solar panels get hot, we need to understand that solar panels are a heat engine. While your solar panels are soaking up sunlight and transforming it into electricity, they still have to abide by the Laws of Thermodynamics. The Third Law in particular contributes to why solar panels are less effective on extremely hot days, such as 100° and higher. In some of the sunniest cities in the U.S., solar panels are exposed to immense quantities of heat, especially in those blazing summer months. The optimal temperature for solar panels to maximize energy production is a sweet spot between 59° F to 95° F. Now, how hot your panels get will depend on a variety of factors — air temperature, how close your home is to the equator, how much direct sunlight your panels receive, and roof material.
But all solar panels are not created equal. It’s true that adequate thermal management enhances both the efficiency and lifespan of your solar panels. It’s also true that the first step in securing the longevity of your panels is that you select a quality product, like the LG 375 NeON 2. Yes, solar panels get hot, but the durability of your panels will decide if they can take the heat long term.
There’s a reason why ADT Solar utilizes the best of the best. LG solar panels have a reputation for providing longevity and resilience. So, do solar panels get hot? Luckily, these panels resist harsh weather conditions. LG solar panels were built to last and withstand the heat. So, bring on the hottest of the hot days and the coldest of the cold. With the release of the new LG 375 NeON 2 solar panels, the elements won’t stand a chance against your home’s energy efficiency.
Enhanced Performance on Hot Days
Since temperature has a direct effect on a solar panel’s ability to produce energy, it’s important that technological advancements do their part to keep solar panels ahead of the curve. The temperature coefficient is the impact of temperature on the energy production of solar panels. The movers and shakers of the solar industry are always finding ways to achieve a better solar panel coefficient, and LG has done just that.
The goal is to reduce the percentage that decreases in output for every 1-degree Celsius (°C) increase in temperature from 25°C (77°F). With a temperature coefficient of -0.37, the LG 375 NeON 2 offers a higher performance with a maximum output of power. This ability to withstand higher temperatures means that your LG solar panels can keep on producing that good, clean energy.
Product and Performance Warranties
The best way to extend longevity is to have an ironclad warranty.The LG 375 NeON 2 has an enhanced performance warranty. After 25 years, LG guarantees that the NeON® 2 will produce at least 90.6% of its labeled power output.
And LG offers so much more than a performance warranty. A 25-year limited product warranty protects the LG 375 NeON 2. In the rare event that a module needs to be repaired or replaced, LG covers up to $450 of labor costs.
LG + ADT Solar = Long Lasting Power
ADT Solar guarantees efficiency and resilience from our solar installers. Why wouldn’t we expect the same from your solar panels? LG solar panels offer a sleek, aesthetically appeasing desire that doesn’t skip out on functionality. As a bonus, on top of all the great things that LG offers, ADT Solar backs them up with even more warranties for your solar panels. ADT Solar offers:
- 25 Year Labor Guarantee
- 25 Year Power Production Guarantee
- 25 Year LG Panel Module Performance Guarantee
- 25 Year Enphase Microinverters Guarantee
Contact us today and save big with solar!