When we think about England, it is easy to fall into the long-held belief that our English summers are just grey clouds and plenty of showers. It is a long-running joke that England is just dismal weather all year round, and that probably is why solar panel energy has been one area business owners have been slow to adopt.
Don’t Need the Sun to Shine
However, contrary to popular belief, the UK not only has glorious sunshine such as we are currently experiencing, but it also provides more than enough sunlight all year round to power commercial solar panels successfully. England gets the same amount of energy as certain areas such as France and Spain which are considered to have a more Mediterranean climate.
The UK receives around 60% of solar radiation that can be found in the Equator, and the south of the UK receives as much sunlight as Germany which is one of photovoltaics biggest markets.
The common misconception when it comes to solar panel energy is that you require the sun to hit them constantly and hard to work effectively. The truth is that solar panels, whilst producing more power on sunny days, still produce considerable amounts during cloudy days.
But What About Winds?
When we think about the UK, the other weather consideration is the high level of winds – especially the more up north you get.
Many home and business owners may feel the wind is a detriment to solar panels on their building, but in truth, they may be one of the better benefits – It can act as a cooling mechanism for PV modules and increase their efficiency.
Naturally, the greenhouse effect has had a diverse effect on weather patterns in certain parts of the UK. This is especially apparent in the Winter months where some parts of the UK see very erratic snowfall which can sometimes be aggressive. In most circumstances this can pose a problem for the effective use of solar panels, however, snow can melt with residue heat from the panel if the snowfall is light. Harsher snowfall can affect performance and require a manual clean up of the panels, but some alternatives can be discussed with your supplier and installer.
The other good aspect of snow is that it can reflect the sun’s photons from the ground and increase your panel’s performance.
There are many different options when it comes to commercial solar and residential systems that make it a very viable option to power your building, and weather conditions provide extra benefits to make a good ROI on your solar panel cost.
Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today for a much brighter outlook.