When it gets cloudy how much solar power do we lose?



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    Firstly, most solar systems store energy, so clouds don’t actually translate to a loss of power unless they remain for a long time. But clouds do reduce the amount of energy being created. If it is partly cloudly (you can still see your shadow a bit), the panels will produce about half the power that they would normally. If it’s very dark or raining, they’ll take in little to no power. However, if there are a significant amount of clouds in the sky, when the sun does peek out, it will reflect off the clouds and the panels will pick up even more light than usually!

    The site below has some ways people can maximize the amount of light solar panels recieve in cloudy weather, like facing them in the direction the sun is when it is typically clear during the day.

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