Do Solar Panels Work in Alaska?
June 6, 2011
We have long sunny summers but cold dark winters and because of those cold dark winters you would think solar panels wouldn’t be practical in Alaska.
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Energy prices continue to soar worldwide which has many governments and corporations to seek out alternative energy sources. But the weather plays a big part into whether these growing alternative energy sources are practical. We have long sunny summers but cold dark winters and because of those cold dark winters you would think solar panels wouldn’t be practical in Alaska.
So do solar panels work in Alaska?
“Solar panels in Alaska are very practical for most people, especially as an alternative form of energy,” said Ralph Harrison, sales manager of Alaska Battery.
“Arguably during the winter they don’t do real well, but then during the summer we get upwards of ten sun hours a day. So we actually get more production than they do in Washington state or Oregon for about four and a half to five months out of the year.”
If you look around you’ll see more and more panels popping up around the state. Businesses such as The Alaska Railroad are using them and homeowners like Mark Absher in Girdwood are enjoying the benefits of solar power. Read more