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Air Pollution May Hinder Up To 25% Of Solar Power Production Each Month

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Solar panels are a tremendous and growing renewable resource, but how efficient they are is a major issue and concern. Photovoltaic cells can struggle with picking up the sun’s rays based on position and cloud cover. Even when the sun is beaming right into the solar cells, they can overheat and not absorb as much. Another significant problem is that air pollution particles can build on the panels and hinder absorption. 

Efficiency still hovers below the 50 percent mark in solar panels. The record currently sits at 46 percent with direct sunlight in France and 34.5 percent with indirect sunlight in New South Wales. That’s still remarkably low and since the sun obviously doesn’t shine all the time, it’s a resource that can’t be relied on entirely.