No coal, no nukes = no money for Southern Co. Right?
So now Georgia Power is backing away from the “it’s too cloudy for solar” argument, and moving to the more logical argument, “it’s too hot”….
I don’t know that I’ve seen an argument from GP that it’s too hot. But thankfully there are ways to cool the panels down or otherwise take advantage of the heat generated. (Hot water heating for instance.) A quick Google search turned up this result – a test was done where they found that misting a solar panel increased its output by 25%.
It was referring to what was said in the video. According to a study in the UK, solar panels do lose about 1.1% efficiency per degree AFTER 107F. However, when it gets to that temperature, I think we’ve got a boat load of other problems to deal with!
Solar panels typically are hotter than the surrounding air temperatures, just as dark roofs and asphalt roads are also hotter than the surrounding air temps. Here’s a quick video I found on YouTube showing a 4.5 amp increase in output after cooling the panel from 150F to 100F. Never run these types of tests myself, but from what I’ve read, the logic is there in theory.
#1-South of North Ave is not Midtown.
#2- Go to Google Maps and look at the solar panels from the satellite view. 241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA…it has the gravitas of my child growing a garden in Dixie cups.
That’s my snark for the day.
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