Impact of Weather Conditions on Solar Efficiency | Freyr Energy

How weather conditions affect residential solar power performance

Solar energy is arguably the most abundant natural and renewable resource that’s available today, and it’s incredibly efficient in its outcome as well. However, only a fraction of the energy is used by us, across different residential and commercial applications. 

Residential Solar Power Performance

While all seems good with solar panels giving out energy-efficient and cost-benefiting performances, there has always been one question that has lingered in the minds of the users. It is about the changing weather conditions and the overall performance of such residential solar power units, as a result. With different types of weather across the Indian subcontinent, the result varies with lesser power generation and sometimes exceeding the expected threshold. So how does the weather impact solar power performance? Let us find out the impact of weather conditions on solar efficiency:

Solar power cell: How does it fare in different weather conditions?

Let us compare each weather condition and assess how the panel fares in different conditions:

Summer Days:

Summer is the time that sees an abundance of sunshine and allows the solar panel to perform to its potential. In the ideal case, a temperature of about 25 degrees is more than sufficient for the solar panel to perform at its peak. 

In hindsight, anything about 25 degrees centigrade won’t add any notable potential to the panel, and that’s pretty much it. Moreover, India sees a good 6 months of perfect sunshine, which allows a good chunk of solar energy generation across major cities. This removes any doubt on the overall win-win situation an Indian household would benefit from after installing a solar panel on the terrace or in a suitable open space.

Windy Days:

Solar panel performance remains untampered during windy days. This is because the wind does not alter the radiation, and hence, the intensity of the PV cells is maintained. Thus, during the windy days, it’s usually a regular performance. However, with strong cyclonic winds, there is a chance of the panels getting damaged. However, with advanced fitting techniques available, panels these days remain perfect even with extreme winds. 

Monsoon and cloud cover:

During the monsoons, regions across the Indian subcontinent receive a fair share of rainfall. Some regions face severe rainfalls, while others aren’t that incessant. In all, the solar panels are completely waterproof and do not get damaged by rainwater hitting constantly for days and weeks.

There are several positives during the monsoons. Despite the power generation being not as efficient as in summer, the rainwater helps remove dust and dirt particles that might have accumulated over time. The water naturally wipes the panel and gives a clear surface, which makes it easier to absorb the heat radiation and offers superior performance.

Winters and Snow:

Winters in India usually see bright sunshine during the day and colder nights. This allows sufficient accumulation of bright sunlight, which is the only time a subtle bit of radiation hits the surface of the panels.

Not all regions in India see snowfall, except a few Himalayan states. With snowfall, however, the performance may be identical to that of monsoons. In hindsight, if the snowfall is more than the regular threshold, things might change. For instance, solar panels have a specific weight limit, and if the accumulated snow is more and is not cleaned, the performance might be dented, and in the worst case, the panels might be damaged. Thus, in regions with snowfall, it is recommended to clean the panels (which often occurs naturally if the snow is less).

Other factors that hinder residential solar power performance

In all, the earth receives about 430 quintillion joules of energy from the sun. This is way more than the energy that the Earth uses annually, while only a very minuscule portion is converted via residential solar power panels. In all, several other factors contribute alongside weather and could have varied impacts on efficiency and performance. These include:

Shading factors:

While installing the solar panels, it is important to assess the positioning of the panels in such a way that shading is minimal. The consequence of a well-shaded terrace might reduce the performance and thereby the outcome.

Positioning factors:

Solar systems for homes need to be installed and tilted in a way that attracts the most of peak sunshine. The reason is obvious, and the best result would follow up with the correct adjustment of the panels.

How has Freyr Energy embedded innovation in solar power technology?

Freyr Energy has remained a well-famed organization with a mission to maximize the usage of solar power for your house and ensure to make the most of green renewable energy available. Over the years, there has been consistent research and innovation that has led to a finer performance of solar panels. That being said, residential solar power technology from Freyr Energy has become a game changer by a large mile. Combining computer-based technology and incorporating apps, Freyr Energy has made an optimized approach toward different types of homes and has successfully installed solar panels according to the demands.

While considering the weather conditions, experts from Freyr Energy are thorough professionals who assess relevant knowledge and industry experience of installing PV solar panels and optimize them in such a way that the installer reaps the best results. Of course, Freyr Energy does possess top-tier solar panels, but with experts, they know how to maximize the usage of such panels and play an important role in increasing green energy.

How smart technology has upped the game for Freyr Energy?

With technology-based customization available today, Freyr Energy app is a one-stop app that’s made with care by Freyr Energy and delivers its promise in the quickest time possible. Freyr Energy Solar App combines the data received on the panel and gives out estimated results related to savings, panel performance, and weather conditions affecting any outcomes. 

Additionally, Freyr Energy app is equipped with problem-solving bots, which reply instantly to most of the commonly asked queries from the client. Other notable features in the apps include instant quote calculator and order tracker options. 

Final Thoughts

Weather conditions play a crucial part in altering the performance of residential solar power panels. On the bright side, modern panels require minimalistic operational conditions that earn optimal results. With a reasonable optimal temperature of 25 degrees and sufficient sunlight required to yield results, the weather does play a crucial part in maximizing the effects of solar energy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not really. All that matters is 25 degrees centigrade and consistent sunlight received on the panels. This does way better than temperatures soaring even higher.

Yes. However, the modern-day panels which are mostly snowproof, work exceedingly well even with the onset of heavy snowfall.

Anywhere where sufficient sunlight at full potential is received. Right from the garden to any personal open space, solar panels work efficiently.

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