Thursday, 13 October 2011

Solar Power & Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Some people love autumn & winter months. Harvest festivals, crisp mornings, coloured leaves and the prospect of Christmas card scenes when we open the curtains.

Not me…Springtime with its promise of new life always seems the most hopeful time of the year with gardens and the countryside providing the promise of bright colours and long days. I’ve never considered that my mood changes with the season, but this year I think I may become a victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). I think I’ve contributed to the infection by constantly looking at weather forecasts and checking how the daily records of kWh’s are affected.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is becoming better known nowadays through exposure in the media. It is conditions that effects many people, and as the days grow shorter and darker a feeling of bleakness and dread sets in.

The disadvantage of having 14 PV panels installed on your roof in early summer, is you think get into the expectation that sunlit days will go on forever. I suppose we all have to accept that it's October and the nights are drawing in, at the end of the month clocks go back an hour in the UK. I have to acknowledge that nature, and my systems output, is winding down for the winter. On the bright side, (no pun intended). It's all going to start again next year. The chart below still makes for dismal reading. What happened to the heady sunny days of July?

How's your system performing?


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