For many Americans, cloudy days are the norm, and they’re simply used to overcast weather, rain, and snow for most of the year.
Clouds have some drawbacks – lots of precipitation, gloomy tones, and sometimes you just want a sunny day to lift your mood!
Luckily a lack of residential solar energy isn’t one of the drawbacks to overcast weather.
In addition to clouds, these cities can boast of plenty of moisture, temperate climate, and nearly as much solar energy as warmer, sunnier cities.
America’s Cloudiest Cities In 2016
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Buffalo, New York
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Rochester, New York
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Detroit, Michigan
- Chicago, Illinois
Solar energy has taken the country by storm (no pun intended), but many people are still hesitant to make the switch because they don’t think they get quite enough sunlight.
True, very clear and sunny places may gather the most amount of solar energy, but it doesn’t take 365 days of pure sunshine to make solar panels work for you.
First of all, nowhere is sunny 24/7 all the time! With nighttime, seasons changing, and the tilting axis of the earth the amount of sunlight reaching a location is always changing and solar panels are ready.
Secondly, solar energy is not just the hot rays of sun that toast your skin on a hot summer day. Solar rays are often unseen and unfelt.
Strong rays of the sun can penetrate even the darkest of clouds, even when it feels dark and doesn’t warm your skin.
Finally, solar rays reflect easily, so climates with a lot of precipitation often have more opportunities to be reflected off the surface of snow, ice, and water.
Reflected solar rays can also be captured by your solar panels.
This means that even if you live in one of America’s Cloudiest Cities, or you’re in Utah and experience a lot of inverted, overcast, and snowy days every winter, you can still benefit from a solar panel system.
Solar panel technology has improved significantly in recent years and can gather much more solar energy than in previous decades.
You can gather enough of the sun’s free energy to power your home, even in cloudy or wintery conditions.
Don’t be afraid to make the switch to solar panels, even if you don’t have total access to sunny weather all year.
If you have other questions or concerns about investing in solar panels for your Utah home or business, don’t hesitate to call or contact Mountain States Solar for a free consultation and assessment of your property.