Effects of snow on photovoltaic performance

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Photovoltaic solar cell systems represent one of the most promising means of maintaining our energy intensive standards of living. With Canada, and Ontario in particular, concentrating a much larger focus on photovoltaic development, there is a keen interest and concern in the effects of snow cover on solar energy yield. From small scale residential to large multi-MW ventures, developers are interested in the effect of snow on the performance of different types of panels and on the optimization of racking angles. This research project, sponsored by Sustainable Energy Technologies, will assist this optimization.