Do Solar Panels Generate Enough Power on Cloudy Days?

There is no doubt that solar panels tend to produce less power on cloudy days. Yet the use of solar energy is extremely popular and an effective source of power in cities that get lots of cloudy days, like Islamabad, Lahore and Abbottabad.

The Reason?

The clouds are not really the obstacle they appear to be. Many people think solar panels work best in regions with few or no clouds and harsh sunlight. That’s not entirely true. Solar panels produce energy by converting sunlight to direct current (DC) and then an inverter turns that into alternating current (AC), which is the type of power most houses run on if they use off-grid systems. Cloudy days create an estimated power drop-off of about 10 to 25 percent from what you see on a sunny day. But the weather is fickle. Sometimes clouds can actually enhance the performance of solar panels at times by reflecting or magnifying sunlight! Surprised to know that? Well, that’s how physics work!

More importantly, even conventional solar panels generate power with the sunlight filtering through a cloudy sky and the hyper-efficient panels that MaxGreen really shine at those times.

MaxGreen uses high quality panels and a solid foundation that keeps its panels working efficiently even after prolonged exposure to wind, rain and other severe weather.

Economic factors help explain why people in cloudy regions love solar power. The biggest driver of solar power’s popularity in any region is the cost of electricity, not the amount of sunlight that area sees. Germany and South Korea (countries with plenty of cold, wintry weather) are two of the biggest adopters of solar.

Qualified solar installers know how to design your system to minimize any shading issues – whether it is from clouds, nearby trees, walls, neighbouring structures or adjacent solar plates. MaxGreen has the required expertise and we follow strict installation rules to tailor your home’s PV solar system for maximum efficiency. Feel free to contact us in case of any queries regarding your solar installation.

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