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Do I need to live in a sunny country?

Do I need to live in a sunny country?

When it comes to using solar panels, many believe they are only helpful in countries that receive abundant sunshine. However, this is not true. Even if you do not live in a sunny country, you can still use solar panels to generate electricity. In this article, we will explore the viability of solar panels in non-sunny countries.

Understanding Solar Panels and How They Work

Before we delve into the use of solar panels in non-sunny countries, let us first understand what solar panels are and how they work. Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electricity. They are made up of photovoltaic cells capable of generating electricity when exposed to sunlight. The cells are made of semiconductors, such as silicon, which absorb photons and release electrons, thus generating an electrical current.

The Viability of Solar Panels in Non-Sunny Countries

Contrary to popular belief, solar panels can still generate electricity even in non-sunny countries. Although they may not be as efficient as they would be in sunny countries, they can still be a viable option. For instance, countries like Germany and the UK have made significant strides in using solar panels, despite not being known for their abundant sunshine.

Sunny Country or not?

Solar panels are still viable in non-sunny countries because they do not require direct sunlight to function. Therefore, solar panels can still generate electricity even on cloudy days, as long as some sunlight is available. In fact, solar panels are most efficient in cooler temperatures, which makes them ideal for use in non-sunny countries.
Another reason solar panels are still viable in non-sunny countries is that technological advancements have made them more efficient. Modern solar panels are designed to generate electricity even under low-light conditions. They are also more durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions, such as hailstorms and heavy snow.

The Importance of Location and Orientation

While solar panels can still generate electricity in non-sunny countries, the location and orientation of the panels play a crucial role in their efficiency. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that the panels are installed in an area that receives maximum sunlight. This can be achieved by placing the panels in a sunny spot in the garden, the ULSOCO team will contact you to help guide you on this!
The orientation of the panels is also crucial. In the northern hemisphere (countries like the UK and within Europe), solar panels should face south to receive maximum sunlight. In the southern hemisphere, they should face north. The angle of the panels should also be adjusted according to the location’s latitude.

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