Solar panels can be easily installed onto almost any roof. The solar power system that they work with also includes an inverter, to convert the direct current the panels produce, to alternating current that we need to power our homes and appliances. But do solar panels always work? And are they effected by weather or other external factors? Well, here at the Eco Renewables Group, we are solar power experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to solar power efficiency.

Solar power and weather

Solar panels can generate electricity directly from the sun itself. This makes solar power a perfect choice for environmentally conscious home owners, as power from the sun is 100% renewable. But what about locations where there isn’t as much sun? Well, solar panels can still produce power from even the smallest amount of sunlight. This makes them a great option across the country.

However, there is a difference between the amount of power output in different locations. In general, solar power systems located in the south of England will produce more power than those in the north of Scotland. This means that the more sunlight there is, the more efficient your solar panels will be. But, the discrepancies between the results are truly minimal, and so on a day to day basis, you wont notice any difference.

Do they get dirty?

The efficiency of the solar panels themselves can be affected by dust, dirt and debris that builds up on the surface of the solar panels. This can prevent the suns rays from reaching photo-voltaic cells, thus preventing electricity from being generated. However, it will take a good build up to effect your solar panels performance, and a simple clean twice a year will be more than sufficient to keep your panels performing at maximum efficiency.

Shade

Finally, if your solar panels are to perform to their maximum efficiency, you will need to make sure that they are not in shade. This is because direct sunlight is the best option for solar panels, and shade will limit the amount of sunlight that can be used by the solar panels.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at the Eco Renewables Group.