As we kick off April, it is time to see how we did generating solar power in March.
You will recall that in February we generated 79.7 percent of what was anticipated. In December and January combined, we generated just 70.5 percent of anticipated electricity. In both cases, the fact that the sun didn’t want to come out all winter was the culprit for not meeting expectations.
That should mean that in March, which saw record high temperatures and plenty of sun, should be much better. Well, yes, except for that little Deger malfunction. I am still waiting for the replacement part, and it can’t come fast enough. One of my solar arrays has been table-topped for the past week.
At the end of January, I reported that the meter read 2722 kilowatt hours generated. This morning, I read the meter at 4218 kilowatt hours. Which means that we generated 1496 kilowatt hours of electricity in March, or just 71.5 percent of the 2092 kilowatt hours we should have generated (according to the official PVwatts calculations.
Having the panels functioning at less than full capacity in March is quite a hit, because March is supposed to be the fourth highest generating month, after July, June and May. Hopefully I will be able soon to report that we are back up and functioning at 100 percent and generating the expected number of kilowatt hours.