Are You A Solar Pv Genius?

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Take our short quiz to determine whether you are a Solar Genius or a Solar Wannabe!

• 1.

Does solar PV generate electricity when the weather is cloudy?

• A.

No - the sun needs to be shining in order for the system to generate energy

• B.

Nobody knows the answer - it's a solar mystery...

• C.

Yes - the PV system operates with sunlight rather than sunshine

• D.

C. Yes - the PV system operates with sunlight rather than sunshine
Explanation
Your PV system will operate during sunlight hours come rain or shine! It may work at a reduced rate on days where the light level is low - but the cells in each panel will still work together to generate electricity.

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• 2.

If you installed a 2kW PV system onto a Domestic house - how many panels would you require should you wish to use 250w modules?

• A.

10

• B.

8

• C.

13

• D.

4

B. 8
Explanation
If your panel modules are worth 250w - all you need to do is divide 2 (2kW) by 0.25 (250w) which gives you 8 (panels).

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• 3.

What is the current installation target for Solar PV the Government has set the UK to reach by 2020?

• A.

10GW

• B.

15MW

• C.

20GW

• D.

22GW

D. 22GW
Explanation
The UK Government announced back in November 2012 that the UK should reach a total of 22GW by 2020. To date the UK stands at having 2GW of solar installed - does installing 20GW over the next seven years sound plausible to you?

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• 4.

Which country has been in a recent battle with the EU over panel prices?

• A.

Columbia

• B.

China

• C.

America

• D.

B. China
Explanation
An Anti-Dumping tax was proposed by the EU over claims China was selling panels at a below manufacture rate which was putting strain on many EU manufacturing companies. The anti-dumping tax has now been dropped on the basis that the Chinese sell panels at a cost no lower than 0.56 Euro Cent per watt.

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• 5.

When did the feed-in tariff first come into effect in the UK?

• A.

2009

• B.

2010

• C.

2011

• D.

2012

B. 2010
Explanation
The Feed-In Tariff was first introduced into the UK back in April 2010. It replaced many government grants as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies.

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• 6.

What is the current Feed-In Tariff rate for a standard 50kW PV system using the high rate?

• A.

14.90

• B.

13.50

• C.

12.57

• D.

11.10

C. 12.57
Explanation
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with installed capacity greater than 10kW but not exceeding 50kW will be eligible to 12.57p/kWh.

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• 7.

Which of these companies is not a PV panel manufacturer?

• A.

Yingli

• B.

Trina

• C.

Aurora

• D.

Conergy

C. Aurora
Explanation
Aurora is actually a company that manufactures inverters for PV systems. Inverters are used to convert the electricity from DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current) so we can use the electricity to send to the grid or to use on site.

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• 8.

If all the energy of the sun shining on the Earth's land mass could be harnessed, it would be enough to meet the world's power needs how many times over?

• A.

6 times

• B.

60 times

• C.

600 times

• D.

6,000 times

D. 6,000 times
Explanation
The sunshine on the Earth's land is estimated to be 120,000 terawatts (trillion watts), or about 6,000 times the world's estimated 20-terawatt electricity demand by 2020.

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• 9.

Who was the first person to discover phtovoltaics?

• A.

Charles Fritts

• B.

Edward Weston

• C.

Alexandre Edmond Becquerel

• D.

Nikola Tesla

C. Alexandre Edmond Becquerel
Explanation
Many people are surprised to learn that photovoltaic's were actually discovered around 160 years ago. This basic finding was discovered by French physicist Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1839, however the acceleration and advancement of commercial solar only took off in the 1950's at Bell Laboratories.

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• 10.

Lark Energy have put a bid in for the UK's largest solar farm. How big will this proposed solar farm be?

• A.

20MW

• B.

30MW

• C.

40MW

• D.

50MW

B. 30MW
Explanation
Lark Energy is planning the UK’s largest solar farm at the site of a former World War II airfield in Leicestershire.The proposed 30MWp solar project at Wymeswold Airfield would consist of around 125,000 panels positioned on land between the old runways, amounting to some 150 acres.

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