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Influence of Reflectivity and Cloud Cover on the Optimal TiltAngle of Solar Panels

Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532, USA
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Resources 2015, 4(4), 736-750; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources4040736
Received: 30 June 2015 / Revised: 17 September 2015 / Accepted: 25 September 2015 / Published: 29 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alternative Energy Sources in Developing and Developed Regions)
Determining the optimum angle for a solar panel is important if tracking systems are not used and a tilt angle remains constant. This article determines the sensitivity of the optimum angle to surface reflectivity at different latitudes using a mathematical model that accounts for direct, diffuse and reflected radiation. A quadratic correlation is also developed to compute the optimal angle and maximum energy as a function of latitude and reflectivity. We also seek to determine how sensitive the optimal tilt angle is to cloud cover using the 35° latitude of the Prosperity solar facility in Albuquerque, NM. View Full-Text
Keywords: optimal solar tilt angle; reflectivity; cloud cover optimal solar tilt angle; reflectivity; cloud cover
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Torres, D.J.; Crichigno, J. Influence of Reflectivity and Cloud Cover on the Optimal TiltAngle of Solar Panels. Resources 2015, 4, 736-750. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources4040736

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Torres DJ, Crichigno J. Influence of Reflectivity and Cloud Cover on the Optimal TiltAngle of Solar Panels. Resources. 2015; 4(4):736-750. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources4040736

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Torres, David J., and Jorge Crichigno. 2015. "Influence of Reflectivity and Cloud Cover on the Optimal TiltAngle of Solar Panels" Resources 4, no. 4: 736-750. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources4040736

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