Climate change could mean fewer sunny days for hot regions banking on solar power

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Changes to regional climates brought on by global warming could make it so that areas such as the American Southwest that are currently considered ideal for solar power would be less viable in the future, a new study suggests. Higher surface temperatures will lead to more moisture, aerosols and particulates in the atmosphere, which may result in less solar radiation and more cloudy days. The study is the first to assess the day-to-day reliability of solar energy under climate change.

Associated journal article: Jun Yin, Annalisa Molini, Amilcare Porporato. Impacts of solar intermittency on future photovoltaic reliabilityNature Communications, 2020; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18602-6

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