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Harnessing the Power of Cloudy Days


Solar energy is widely regarded as a clean and eco-friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Although many people believe that solar panels only work efficiently under clear, sunny skies, they are actually more versatile than you might think. This blog post explores the science behind solar panels and how they continue to generate electricity, even on cloudy days.

Basics of Solar Panels

Photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells, are the cornerstone of every solar panel. These cells convert sunlight into electricity through the photovoltaic effect. When photons from sunlight hit the surface of these cells, they release electrons, creating an electric current.

The Impact of Cloud Cover

Solar panels can generate power on cloudy days, even if they are most effective under direct sunlight. Clouds scatter sunlight in different directions, causing diffusion of the sunlight. Solar panels are built to capture both direct and diffused sunlight. Additionally, surfaces like cloud can act as reflectors, bouncing sunlight onto solar panels and enhancing their efficiency.

The Role of Ultraviolet and Infrared Light

Solar panels can absorb ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light, which are beyond the visible range. Even on cloudy days, UV and IR radiation can penetrate the cloud cover, providing the necessary energy to produce electricity.

Advancements in Solar Panel Technology

Thanks to ongoing research and development, modern solar panels are more adaptive and efficient, using advanced materials and technologies to maximize energy production. As a result, they can generate electricity even in low-light conditions.

Energy Storage Solutions

To address intermittent sunlight conditions, energy storage solutions such as batteries have become integral components of solar power systems. These batteries store excess energy generated during sunny periods, ensuring a continuous power supply during cloudy days or night time.

Funding Incentives

There are a variety of government funding options available for homes, businesses, schools, community groups, and farms. As an SEAI approved contractor Prosolar is a qualified installer for these funding programmes. We can signpost you to the funding options available and provide a comprehensive FREE quote.

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