How does temperature affect solar panels?

Solar panels react differently to the operating temperature. The efficiency of a solar panel decreases as it increases above the ambient temperature.

Each solar panel has a temperature coefficient (which is defined in datasheet of panels). The temperature coefficient represents the rate at which the panel will underperform at each increase in degree Celsius (°C). Most panels have a temperature coefficient of between -0.2% /°C to -0.5%/°C, when tested under standard laboratory conditions, where ambient temperature is set to 25°C.

For example if the temperature coefficient of a particular type of panel is -0.5%, then for every 10C rise, the panel’s output power will reduce by 0.5%.

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