Guess what. The sun doesn’t shine as much in winter, so your home solar system won’t generate much power in the cold months. Oh, and it might SNOW on your solar panels, so you’re gonna have to get out there and sweep them off. But relax solar fans. You’ve got it better than those wind junkies, who could be hurt or even KILLED by ice chunks being shot off the ends of turbine blades! The N.Y. Times coughs up an odd piece today looking at how renewable energy systems can be challenged by Mother Nature’s wintertime tantrums. What’s next in the series? A piece on kite-eating wind turbines in March???