Do solar panels work in cloudy/overcast conditions?



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    Solar panels do work during cloudy, overcast days, but their efficiency level is reduced in accordance to the dimness. As a solar panel is a photovoltaic cell, it requires photons to operate, and cloudy conditions reduce the amount of light available for absorption.

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    It’s important to note that solar thermal panels, which generate hot water not electricity, will still work in cloudy/overcast days. They use the sun’s radiation to heat the water and are not as reliant on direct sunlight as photovoltaic panels, which generate electricity.

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