How Does My Location Affect Solar Panel Performance?
When it comes to enjoying excellent solar panel performance, there’s a range of factors that play a significant role in optimising energy output.
Among these, your location is one of the most understatedly important considerations you need to keep in mind. At the outset, it’s important to remember that solar panels derive energy from sunlight, not heat. Therefore, asking yourself certain questions – how overcast is the sky on an average day? How hot does it get in the summer? Is it cloudy during the winter? – is important.
With that in mind, we take a look at the climate conditions of certain locations and how they affect solar panel performance. Continue reading for a closer look!
States with year-round sunshine
When it comes to optimum solar panel performance, the most obvious factor is sunshine – an abundance of it.
If you live in a state like Queensland or in areas like Perth or Brisbane – where there’s no such thing as too much sunshine – enjoying a high output of solar power is a mindless activity. This is the case even if the area you live in enjoy a cool climate, despite the sunshine.
As long as the sky is clear and the sun is shining, your solar panels are guaranteed to operate rather efficiently!
While your panels will not be able to generate power by extracting heat from the sun, the heat exerts a tremendous influence on how well your solar panels operate. Unfortunately, if you live in an area with a hot climate, your system may not operate at its most efficient.
Accordingly, the optimum operating temperature for solar panels is approximately 25° Celsius.
That being said, a high temperature doesn’t mean your energy production capabilities are completely doomed. In hotter areas, it’s likely that there’s plenty of sunlight as well. So, even though your panels won’t be at their most efficient, they can still generate a decent amount of electricity using direct sunlight.
For anyone who lives in a region susceptible to more than a fair share of storms, there’s good news – you can still maintain solar panels in your home or office.
This comes with a caveat. You will need to choose tough solar gears and an experienced and knowledgeable service provider, in order to ensure that your panels withstand the batterings of bad weather.
In addition to this, make sure that you also choose a panel-mounting system that has been demonstrated to withstand cyclones and rough weather. It’s also important to look into the strength and durability of your roof; it will, ultimately, play a huge role in how secure your solar panels are.
A more liberal interpretation of the word ‘location’ also allows us to consider the location of a home in terms of geographical features and positioning.
In this regard, if your roof is shaded or receives filtered sunlight at certain parts of the day, this can be easily remedied through one simple device – an inverter. Here, there are two types of inverters you can choose from – string inverters or microinverters.
With the former, you can ensure that your solar panel performance is decent, even in less than ideal conditions. That being said, a string inverter will only maintain the operational capacity of the least efficient panel. Microinverters, on the other hand, allow all panels to operate at their maximum capacity and increase the energy production your panels are capable of.
Solar panel performance is something that’s on the minds of everyone who owns panels in their property.
In the process of optimising output, considering the effect your location exerts on solar panel performance is important. By understanding how high temperatures, overcast conditions, or sunny days alter energy production, you’re equipped to really understand what your solar panel system is capable of.