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How to maintain a solar plant during a solar eclipse?

16th November 2021  

The foundation of solar plants is the conversion of sunlight into energy. The entire process is done directly using photovoltaics (PV) or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Lenses, mirrors, and tracking systems are used in concentrated solar power systems to focus a huge amount of sunlight into a small beam. The solar energy plant works by converting the energy obtained from sunlight into electricity.

India recently surpassed Italy to take fifth place in the world for solar power deployment. In the last five years, solar power capacity has expanded by more than 11 times, from 2.6 GW in March 2014 to 30 GW in July 2019. As of August 31, 2021, the country's solar installed capacity was 44.3 GW. Solar tariffs in India are currently highly competitive and have reached grid parity.

Factors that can affect solar energy generation

The utilization of solar energy has increased in recent years. With the help of a solar power plant, we can not only save money on electricity, but we can also benefit the environment. Solar energy is converted into electricity either directly or indirectly via photovoltaics.

  • Solar panels:
  • Solar energy absorbs the sunlight and heat to generate renewable or "green" energy. The most common approach to harness solar energy is through solar panels, also known as photovoltaic cells. In solar power plants, they're placed practically edge-to-edge to capture sunlight across large areas. You'll occasionally see them on top of houses and other structures.

  • Materials used in photovoltaic cells:
  • Semiconductor materials like crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, gallium arsenide and organometallics are used as the main element for making these cells. The sun's rays provide free electrons from their atoms when they strike the solar plant cells. It permits electrons to flow freely across the cell, resulting in the generation of electricity.

  • Events like solar eclipses:
  • Solar eclipses can affect solar energy generation because of the extreme conditions. Those using solar systems will need to supplement their power with other sources of electricity during an eclipse to compensate for the loss of solar power.

As the pandemic took over our lives, tons of businesses around the world closed shop as a result of proclaimed lockdowns aimed at limiting the coronavirus. Solar power plants, although being categorized as vital services, had to bear the brunt of the crisis. Solar asset installation is slowed due to supply chain disruptions and running projects' inability to recruit competent people to operate them. As a result, in 2021, about 6.6 billion USD have been invested already in the Indian Renewable Energy Sector. These funds are effectively dissipated, resulting in additional operating costs. Even though the government has offered extensions in force majeure, developers are experiencing fund issues.

PV power plants have recently been erected in huge numbers. As a result, the solar eclipses impacts are critical, particularly for grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) installations. The PV system's behavior is consistent with the theoretical assumption, and the power reduction corresponds to the solar eclipse's relative size. - The PV panel's properties match the theoretical model described in our prior study.

See also: What is the best time to use Solar System?

Solar plant maintenance

While it may seem irrelevant to account for such a rare occurrence as total solar eclipses, it serves as a useful test for power grid managers. These are key considerations as solar power becomes a more prominent source of electricity.

We invest more in this type of technology as we become increasingly reliant on it. This is a factor that could influence future solar panel designs in order to create a smarter panel that can provide more accurate information to operators.

Life moves on even though you pause for a brief moment to marvel at the beauty of nature. Many people have the same mindset when it comes to renewable energy. Most individuals are unconcerned about how their electricity is obtained as long as the lights are turned on.

It isn't until the lights (or the sun) go out that we wonder what daily life might be like without the convenience of electricity. Futurists have been attempting to avoid the very real consequences of our current way of thinking by pouring money into clean, renewable energy sources.

The cost of energy efficiency has dropped dramatically, and governments are offering huge incentives to anyone who "go green." If you're unsure how to proceed, contact a reliable service provider, and one of their experts will assist you in achieving a sustainable future for your company.

Some tips to ensure maintenance of a solar plant during a solar eclipse are:

  1. Keep solar panels out of the shade because they produce more energy when exposed to sunlight.

  2. Make sure that the solar panels are working and that the inverters are displaying green lights. You're squandering money if they're not flashing because your electricity usage isn't being compensated.

  3. To optimize solar panel maintenance, keep track of daily performance. It's critical to record how much energy was produced constantly each day, with specific attention paid to periods when the weather was very overcast. Some results may be unexpected.

  4. Monitoring devices can tell you how much CO2 you're releasing into the atmosphere and how much you're helping to improve the environment. They may also help you figure out how much the feed-in tariff scheme could save you money.

  5. A wall-mounted display can show you information on your solar panels' maintenance when you're at home.

  6. If you don't have time to clean your solar panels, you can install sprinkler-like automated cleaners or book appointments with solar panel cleaning companies.

  7. Solar panels do not have any moving parts that could corrode or fail, so solar power maintenance may not be required.

Waaree Energies Ltd., headquartered in Mumbai, India, is the flagship firm of the Waaree Group, which was created in 1989. Its operations in Surat and Umbergaon, Gujarat, have India's greatest Solar PV Module manufacturing capacity of 2 GW. Waaree Energies is India's premier EPC, project development, rooftop solutions, solar water pumps, and independent power Generation Company. Waaree Energies Ltd. may be found at more than 350 locations across the United States, as well as 68 countries across the world.

As a result of our commitment to stakeholders, we strive to efficiently improve and provide premium quality of products and services. Our goal is to provide high-quality, cost-effective, sustainable energy solutions across all markets, lowering carbon footprint and paving the route for sustainable energy, thus increasing current and future human life quality. Our organization’s core values are the beliefs that inspire our work and the approaches we utilize to realize our vision and purpose.

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Further read: How efficient are solar panels in 2021-22?

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