Okay - background: My father is a sucker for EVERY urban legend / stupid rumour that comes down the pike. He is also of a certain generation that has a knee-jerk denial to any and all environmental concerns. So I am pretty sure that at least one and possibly both o those factors are coming into play with his latest pronouncement that “someone who knows someone who works on them told him that solar power USES more power than it generates on winter days, because you have to run power INTO the panels to keep them warm.”
(Note: The dreaded FOAF is in there, lending even more weight to this being rampant bullpuck.)
So - while the chances of this being true are pretty much slim and none, I do want to know: Is there a germ or truth here that he is just bastardizing? Is there some need to put trickle juice back into panels on a winter day or night? There are no references to this sort of thing that I can find, but in respect to the old man I want to make SURE of every last bit of the facts before I call him out on this.