Can I Direct Solar Energy to Melt Snow?

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My Rhode Island home is a north-facing property that rises above the sidewalk, built on an embankment. For scale purposes I'm  including this fact; there are 17 steps from the sidewalk to the top of my porch, including 12 steps from sidewalk to the landing (this is the ground elevation), a 5 foot landing and then the final 5 steps to my porch. My home and yard get great southern exposure; but the sun does not touch my sidewalk, leaving it in shadow for most of the day during winter. Could a system of mirrors and/or lenses be effective in bringing light and the energy needed to help melt that snow?

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