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What’s the Best Time of Year for Solar Panel Installation?


Harnessing the free and endless energy of the sun is an ideal way for homeowners to reduce the amount of energy that they have to buy from their utility. You might be thinking, “That’s great in sunny climates, but this is the Pacific Northwest.”

One of the biggest misconceptions is that investing in solar panels in Tacoma, WA, isn’t worthwhile. But in fact, it doesn’t need to be constantly sunny outside to tap into the available energy. Solar panels can generate electricity even when it’s cloudy, overcast, and rainy. 

You needn’t worry that your solar panels won’t have enough sunlight to power them. Instead, you should be thinking about the best time of year to have a solar panel system installed. Let’s go over the pros and cons of having solar panels installed in each season.

Winter Installation

It should come as no surprise that winter is the worst time of year to install solar panels. That’s because the weather in WA state is almost guaranteed to be rainy and potentially windy and snowy. With our extremely short winter days, the amount of visible light shortens the installation window timeframe.

During installation, your home may be without power which can be difficult if your home has no backup heat source such as a fireplace. The poor weather also makes the preliminary maintenance and structural preparation more difficult to complete. 

Spring Installation

There are many benefits to getting a solar panel installation during the spring season. We’re often blessed with bouts of sunny, rain-free weather and the temperatures are warm enough that going without your heating system for a day is easily tolerable. With a spring installation, your solar panels will be set up to start harnessing the long summer days we enjoy in the Pacific Northwest. 

Summer Installation

Summer is the best time for solar panel installation and for good reason. The weather is usually sunny and increasingly hot. With our altitude, it’s also the time of year when the days are long. This means that there’s plenty of available sunlight to really start reaping the benefits of solar panel installation. However, because summer is the best time to have solar panels installed, you’re also competing with other homeowners who’ve decided to wait until summer which could mean your first choice of installation may not be available.

Autumn Installation

A fall installation has many benefits. Although the weather around Labor Day can be problematic, we often see days of sunshine and mild temperatures extending all the way into October. With cooler temperatures, shorter wait times, and less demand, fall is a great time for solar panel installation. Not only that, but fall is still an efficient time of year for absorbing solar energy.

No matter what time of year you choose to have a solar panel system installed, go with the team that has the most experience installing them. Our experts undergo continuous training to ensure that our solar panel installations are thorough and efficient. We want to make sure that you’re getting the best quality systems at an affordable price.

Count on the team with the most experience. Contact the team at Sunset Air today for solar panel installation in Tacoma, WA.

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