Australia has the greatest solar coverage in the world, both as a country and as a continent.
On cloudy Australian days, a lot of diffused and indirect sunlight can continue to penetrate the cloud clover. Which means, even while producing a fraction of what is generated on a sunny day, your solar panels can provide a good return on savings.
With Australia’s often volatile weather conditions, it’s likely that you still will have many sunny days to really harvest solar power during the days.
While this may be a cause of concern in terms of our need of sunscreen for protection against UV damage, it means we’re uniquely placed to take full advantage of this new renewable resource. Which is why we believe every Australian homeowner has a lot to gain from installing a solar system.
What Impact Do Cloudy Days Have?
Cloudy weather does translate to a lower amount of sunlight that your solar panels gather during the day. Nonetheless, even while producing a lower amount of electricity during this kind of weather, they can greatly make big savings and environmental impact overall with long term use.
On a plus side, cooler weather does assist solar panels with being more efficient. In a cloudy location, you never really have to worry about your solar panels overheating.
Ways To Optimise Solar Panels for Cloudy Weather
If you are a resident of a cloudy area, you’ll be happy to know that there are some things you can do to make your solar system more efficient for your location.
Maintenance – Regular cleaning and maintenance can be a great way to ensure that your solar panel performance is as optimal as possible. Switch off the system before and nominate a cool or mild temperature day for the task. Then you can use a hose, a non-abrasive sponge on a long handle and a mild soap to clean your panels from the ground. Otherwise, you can also look for the service of a professional to assist you, every 6 months. For locations near construction sites or areas with more pollution or dust, you can opt for a service every 3-4 months.
Solar Battery – Opting for a solar system with a battery also gives the benefit of energy storage when your system creates excess energy. It allows solar system owners to extend the energy they generate during sunny weather well into the cloudier days.
Questions to Ask Your Solar Energy Company
The total estimated output of your solar system will depend on these factors –
- Efficiency of solar panels
- Size of system
- Amount of shading
- Hours of daylight
- Expected cloudy days vs sunny days
You can contact Solar Systems Pty for a free solar assessment and quote based on your location and usage. Call us on 1800 975 270 or write us an email on [email protected]