Solar panel systems utilized to supply
partial or full power to a facility can produce a substantial
financial return as a long-term investment. The benefits of solar
panels will vary depending on the location of the Air Force Base.
For instance, it may not be a cost effective energy source in
climates that receive little sunlight due to frequent cloud cover or
areas that receive a great deal of shade due to adjacent topography.
The amount of direct or peak sunlight a site receives on a daily
basis will be one of the largest factors affecting the rate of
investment return. The specific design and size of a photovoltaic
system depends on two fundamental variables.
First and foremost, the amount of peak sunlight the
area receives on a daily basis since this directly affects the
output capability of solar panels.