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Solar efficiency when its cooler

I started doing Solar power during the summer and I wondered how it would be when it got cooler and the sun position changed. It still seems to be working very well.

As an experiment I left my Merlins out in the morning and took it in about 6:30 at night. As long as there is some kind of light, this panel seems to be able to make power. It is amazing.

I don’t have to deal with water/snow since I put the panel outside of the window and take it back in. The cable is pretty thin so I mostly close the window and then I use a towel to block the small gap so that air can’t pass. So far this has worked very well.

Even though the panel is in shadows from the building in the morning, it also gets some partial shadows from the trees in the evening. Since these are trees with leaves not evergreens, I suspect I will be able to collect more power when it isn’t warm. When the leaves aren’t there, I will get more sun, which is exciting. That combined with a 230 Merlin Solar panel will make charging even more efficient.

It is exciting when you start doing solar things and start to learn how to make your system more efficient. I wasn’t even really sure I could do it, but slowly I have spent money and learned many things. I learned what kind of solar panels I like-Merlins. What kind of battery power I like-Lifepo4. What kind of voltage I like-24volts. I am currently learning what kind of amount of battery power I like-1KW but more is always nice. It is fun to change out parts of your system and get even more functionality and flexibility.

Solar power is a fun hobby and can save money. I wish I could have afforded this technology earlier.

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