Surging temperatures are good for solar panels, right? The answer is: It’s complicated


This image, from May 2022, shows solar panels in Worcestershire, England. The recent hot weather in the U.K. has led to a discussion about the optimum conditions for solar power.

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Last week saw temperatures in the U.K. surge, with highs of over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded for the first time ever.

The news out of the U.K. — which experienced a number of significant weather-related disruptions — came as other parts of Europe grappled with a heatwave that caused fires, delays to travel, and death.

On July 20, Solar Energy UK, citing data from Sheffield Solar’s PV Live site, said the country’s solar power output had “met up to a…


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