Solar Panels

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Can Solar Panels Overheat?

Can Solar Panels Overheat? It is a common assumption to relate really hot climates with excellent conditions for solar panels, however, we must ask ourselves: will this cause overheating? In order to answer this question, we must first understand some basic theory behind solar PV system designs. Solar Panels and Test Conditions New solar panel …

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How Are Solar Panels Rated?

How Are Solar Panels Rated? New solar panel models come out every year and add themselves to an extensive market with hundreds of modules and technologies. However, when you go out to purchase solar panels, you might get overwhelmed with so many brands, models, and technologies. Establishing a rating system is essential for the industry …

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Can Solar Panels Work at Night?

Can Solar Panels Work at Night? Maybe you have heard a friend or neighbor saying that he uses solar energy to power his house at night. That probably raises the question in your mind, can solar panels truly work at night? Some people get confused with this simple way that we commonly refer to solar …

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Are Solar Panels Dangerous?

Are Solar Panels Dangerous? Back in the Nineteenth Century, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were fighting each other over the control of the electricity industry in the United States. Thomas Edison was the advocate of DC while Nikola Tesla was the advocate of AC electricity. Since DC electricity came first with the invention of the …

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Are Solar Panels Waterproof?

Are Solar Panels Waterproof? Maybe you are thinking about installing a PV system, but you’re unsure if the solar panels will be able to work in outdoor conditions without getting damaged. After all, if the rain, storms, or even hail are common in your location, then it makes total sense to ask yourself if your …

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Can Solar Panels Damage my Roof?

Can Solar Panels Damage my Roof? As solar panel installations spread throughout the country, it is more likely to see homeowners asking themselves if installing a PV system will damage their roof. Roof repairs can be expensive, which is why it is wise to make sure our PV systems won’t imply further costs in the …

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2019 Climate Change Report and How the Advantages of Solar Energy can Help

2019 Climate Change Report and How the Advantages of Solar Energy Can Help Global Warming – Updated 05/24/2019 To say that climate change is an important issue is an understatement. Global warming is a very real threat to humanity which is something almost all of the major countries agree on and, of course, all of …

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Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

Can Solar Panels Be Recycled? The solar industry growth rates keep increasing every year across the world almost exponentially. However, an industry that is proud to promote clean energy consumption and that is proud to be a sector concerned about climate change, cannot forget to dispose properly of the electronic products that exceed their lifespan. …

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When to Clean Solar Panels

When to Clean Solar Panels There are many factors that can reduce the power yield of a solar PV system: Shadings, PID, LID, ohmic, thermal, and mismatch losses among others. However, on this occasion we are going to focus on soiling and how we know when to clean the solar panels to avoid soiling losses. …

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Can you Make Money with Solar Panels?

Can you Make Money with Solar Panels? The Context of Renewable Energy Subsidies Renewable energies’ deployment began in 2010. Back then, green energy sources were so expensive that they couldn’t compete with fossil prices. Therefore, they needed a little push to put the wheel in motion and motivate the private sector to invest in renewables. …

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Where to Install Solar Panels?

Where to Install Solar Panels When selecting the location to install solar panels, several things must be taken into account. You will have two main options: installing your solar panels on the roof or in the ground. Here, we will address some technical considerations and details that you should pay attention to before choosing where …

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Will Solar Panels Work Through Glass?

Will Solar Panels Work Through Glass? Most applications for PV systems might not even consider this question. Grid-tied PV systems generally have wide spaces available for solar panels to directly reach solar irradiance every day. Both roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems are the most popular and common ways to use solar panels as a source of …

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Will Solar Panels get Smaller?

Will Solar Panels Get Smaller? Solar panels have become an incredible resource for distributed energy generation in the US, China, Australia, and many other countries that deeply support this technology. As solar panels spread across the world, more and more land is being used to generate solar energy. But what if solar panels could get …

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Will Solar Panels Work in the Shade?

Will Solar Panels Work in the Shade? Solar panels transform sunlight into electricity through a phenomenon called the photoelectric effect. This phenomenon basically consists of small particles contained inside sunlight known as photons that impact the surface of the solar panel and release electrons which then produce a current flow, and therefore, electricity. However, when …

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How to Clean Solar Panels

How to Clean Solar Panels Soiling on solar panels related to debris, dust, bird droppings, or dirt can get accumulated on the surface of the module and lead up to 30 % annual losses in worst cases. Typical annual losses attributed to this factor are located between 2% and 5% regularly, however, by accumulating soiling …

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