Hyde Observatory Solar Photovoltaic Array
This chart displays a 30-day history of the peak kilowatt (kW) or maximum energy level that the Hyde Observatory Photovoltaic system produces.
Several factors can influence this number:
The solar panels are more efficient during cool but sunny days. Hot weather will slightly lower the efficiency of the system.
A coating of dust on the panels will also drop the efficiency but a quick rinse with a garden hose or a nice rainstorm will help keep the panels clean.
The angle of the sun as it shines on the solar panels will also produce a change in energy value. The more perpendicular the sun rays, the higher the peak kilowatt.
Hyde's roof faces due south and is at an angle of 56 degrees. The sun's rays should be perpendicular to the panels at solar noon during the months of November and January.
The Hyde Observatory Photovoltaic project was a cooperative venture funded as a demonstration project by Lincoln Electric System with additional support provided by the Hyde Observatory Board, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Information Analytics Inc. and Alltel. Dixon Power Systems of Lincoln installed the system.
The system has been generating electricity since March 13th, 2003.