Global reduction of solar power generation efficiency due to aerosols and panel soiling

  title={Global reduction of solar power generation efficiency due to aerosols and panel soiling},
  author={Xiaoyuan Li and Denise L. Mauzerall and Michael Bergin},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
Air pollution and dust prevail over many regions that have rapid growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation, potentially reducing PV generation. Here we combine solar PV performance modelling with long-term satellite-observation-constrained surface irradiance, aerosol deposition and precipitation rates to provide a global picture of the impact of particulate matter (PM) on PV generation. We consider attenuation caused by both atmospheric PM and PM deposition on panels (soiling) in… 

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