What is a solar resource assessment?

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For all solar energy investments, from basic roof-top installations to utility-scale photovoltaic systems, the need to accurately determine the solar resource is paramount. The amount and variation of solar radiation at your project site are key factors determining the profitability of your solar investment. Solar irradiance is the “fuel” of all solar energy systems. Determining the ...

Out of this world solar: Solar power applications in space

Solar panels powering a small "cubesat" (source: Montana State University)

Did you know that solar radiation is the primary source of power for most satellites and space stations orbiting our planet? Although most of us routinely use satellite-derived products and services in our daily lives, we rarely think about how these spacecraft are powered. The answer is very simple: solar panels, and lots of them! Although ...