The aim of this article is to analyse the performance of the Photovoltaic (PV) and to study the effect of soiling on the energy generation under Muscat environmental conditions. The generated energy is consumed in the eco-house, and the access energy is fed back to the electric grid. Two-ways metre was used to record the energy taken from the grid or fed back to the grid. The system was monitored from December 2014 until today. Various performance parameters of the plant were evaluated which include system efficiency, performance ratio (PR), capacity factor (CF) and different types of PV system losses and yields. The annual average values of recorded ambient temperature and solar radiation were 32°C and 482 W/m2, respectively. The total annual energy produced was 23,595 kWh, whereas the annual average daily reference yield, array yield and final yield were 5.59, 3.78 and 3.64 kWh/kWP/day, respectively. The annual average daily PR and CF were 0.67 and 0.15, respectively, while the annual average system efficiency was 10.3%. Furthermore, the annual average daily capture, system and cell temperature losses were 1.82, 0.14 and 2.95 h/day,respectively, with a small reduction in energy production when modules left uncleaned.
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