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      Three years experience in a Dutch public awareness campaign on photovoltaic system performance

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          To raise awareness on the importance of monitoring photovoltaic (PV) systems in the Netherlands, a public campaign was organised in three consecutive years. During 1 week in the spring of 2014, 2015, and 2016, as part of the Dutch Solar Days, participants were asked to measure or determine the amount of energy generated by their PV systems. All in all over 8000 participants were recruited via social media and a national television show. This study analyses the variation of weekly yield and performance ratio (PR) of the systems of the participants for 3 years. On average, for each year, a PR was found of 0.74 with a left-skewed distribution, indicating that most systems perform well. Further analysis was made, which showed the ineffectiveness of an undersized inverter in low radiation conditions. It was also found that the performance difference between mono- and multicrystalline silicon panels was small, and that micro-inverters are effective in reaching high performance for PV systems that suffer from shading. Generally, this work demonstrated the usefulness of citizen science approaches in PV system performance analysis.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                IET-RPG
                IET Renewable Power Generation
                IET Renew. Power Gener.
                The Institution of Engineering and Technology
                1752-1416
                1752-1424
                11 May 2017
                8 June 2017
                16 August 2017
                : 11
                : 10
                : 1229-1233
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University , Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands
                [2 ] Stichting Monitoring Zonnestroom , Arthur van Schendelstraat 550, 3511 MH Utrecht, The Netherlands
                [3 ] Holland Solar , Arthur van Schendelstraat 550, 3511 MH Utrecht, The Netherlands
                [4 ] Solar Energy Application Centre , High Tech Campus 21, 5656AE, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
                [5 ] Plusenetc , Rotterdamseweg 28, 2628AM Delft, The Netherlands
                Author notes
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                Contributed equally to the work.

                Article
                IET-RPG.2016.1037 RPG.SI.2016.1037.R1
                10.1049/iet-rpg.2016.1037

                This is an open access article published by the IET under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)

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                Funded by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
                Categories
                Special Issue: Performance Assessment and Condition Monitoring of Photovoltaic Systems for Improved Energy Yield

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