23 Oct '11, 9am

Coldest Parts of Earth Have the Best Solar (PV) Potential, Study Finds

Coldest Parts of Earth Have the Best Solar (PV) Potential, Study Finds

I should also add that, according to a study, heat from solar radiation (sunlight) is what degrades solar cells as well as the transparent panels that they are protected behind, and more so than any other environmental factor by far. Heat is almost the exclusive destroyer of solar cells. Because solar cells do not exhibit any measurable degradation without much heat, it is reasonable to assume that they will last longer in colder climates. It is important, however, to keep in mind that some climates have harsher weather that results in increased hail and strong winds that could damage solar panels with flying debris. According to the study, covering 4% of the Himalaya’s high potential region with solar panels, which is approximately 12,000 square kilometers (7,460 square miles) could generate all of China’s electricity. China consumes the most energy worldwide. It consumed...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/10/23/coldest-parts-of-eart...

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