There seems to be a common misconception that solar panels need to be getting direct sunlight in order to create and produce energy; however, solar panel cells use daylight to produce energy. Yes, it can be a cloudy day and the solar panels will still produce electricity! Anchorage, Alaska is a perfect example of this.
Alaska is currently in its darkest days of the year and the solar panels they have installed are still producing electricity.
“The technology on these panels has evolved over the years to the point that even when it’s cloudy or overcast or maybe even slightly rainy, these panels are still generating electricity for the buildings.” – Delfino, Alternative Energy Systems
This is great news for the state since Alaska has the same amount of solar potential as Germany (who currently leads in renewable energy). Solar energy was almost nonexistent five years ago, so as our technology continues to advance we will see solar power becoming more and more available in any sort of environment.