Finally, a use for Global Warming! All this snow is blocking our solar panels from generating electricity.
For the countless solar panels that have cropped up on rooftops and fields across the region, winters like this one can reduce solar output when the panels become covered with snow or clouds filter the sunlight.
Overall, PSE&G’s solar production has dropped this winter as the state has been hit hard by snowstorm after snowstorm, said Todd Hranicka, director of solar energy, although he had no specific figures.
“It’s one of the challenges of solar,” he said. “If the sunlight is not hitting the solar panel, you’re not generating energy.”
So let me see if I’ve got this straight. We need solar energy to reduce our carbon footprint. Reducing our carbon footprint cools the air so we get more snow. And the snow stops the solar panels from working. Which means our carbon footprint goes up!