- Apr 6, 2021 4:39 pm GMT
2020 regional solar deviation summary and North American wildfire smoke impact report
Wildfires diminished total sunlight in September 2020 by up to 20%, driving potential PV plant production risk
Disaster preparedness—understanding and mitigating losses due to wind, hail and fire—is now a mainstream topic in the solar industry. In the United States alone in 2020, NOAA recorded 22 separate disasters that exceeded $1B each in damages. The tally shatters the previous record of 16 set in 2011 and 2017. In this article, we look back at solar availability in 2020 in South America and Europe based on satellite-derived SolarAnywhere® Data. We also take a deeper look at the impact of wildfire smoke in North America that suggests wildfires now drive production risk for certain power plants.
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