Climate is defined as the weather condition prevailing in an area in general or over a long period of time. Solar panel, being an instrument that really needs proper exposure to sunlight in order to generate electricity, is closely related to climate. Solar panel use here in the Philippines has some aspects to be considered also. In order to enhance the entire system’s performance, the climate must be assessed and checked if having a solar panel would be a good choice for you.
Considering climate when using solar panels
The climate of the Philippines is either tropical or subtropical. It means that we are only experiencing two seasons: the dry and the wet season. There are four types of climate in the whole country that is characterized by the amount of rainfall.
The first and the most important element of climate that must be considered is sunlight. The amount of sunlight present in the area would affect the general performance of the solar panel in generating electricity. During the dry season, generally, from December to May, the country is experiencing moderate to high temperature and less rainfall. There is also an abundant amount of solar power during this season. Solar Panel Philippines makes use of this condition to offer efficient and environment-friendly source of electricity in the country.
The second element to be considered is the rainfall. Wet and humid environments tend to cause corrosion in metals found in the solar panel. The electrical connections would also be susceptible to damage. This would result in poor system performance. In order to have your solar panels still working efficiently during the rainy season, June to November, you need to seal the equipment junctions properly.
Sunlight yes, but not extreme heat
Having a long dry season of about 6 months, you need to consider also the temperature. High temperature would diminish the performance of the solar panel due to the PV cells on it that react on too much heat. This problem would only arise in the Philippines during the months of March to May, where it is described as the Hot Dry Season. The PV cells capture more sunlight in a cold, clear day than in a hot, sunny day.
You must also consider the air density in your area. There are places that the solar panel can be able to generate a good amount of electricity faster. An example of this is the mountains where there is enough solar exposure and the air is thinner that scatters less sunlight. This condition helps the solar panels to get the needed sunlight for its electric generation. The Philippines’ geographical makeup of having many mountains and high areas can be good for installing solar panels.
The Philippines sits across the typhoon belt, making it susceptible to strong winds and typhoon. It usually has dangerous storms in the months of July through October. It usually hits the northern and eastern part of Luzon and eastern Visayas regions. Whenever a typhoon comes, it brings strong winds. Winds can also be considered in thinking about installing a solar panel. Strong winds can break the mounting hardware of the solar panel and result to big damage. It is better to think of a location to put the solar panel that doesn’t make it susceptible to strong winds.
Climate is one thing that Solar Panel Philippines knows how to deal with. They resort to some strategies to make their products last and satisfy the customers here in the Philippines. They are a proven supplier and distributor of high-quality solar panels. So don’t let the climate break your expectation. Go solar!