The world continues to shift steadily towards renewable energy sources, with solar photovoltaics representing more than one-third of generation growth. And this source will continue to grow at high speed. No doubt too, that more and more PV plants will be installed in areas with special or extreme climate conditions.
In harsh environments, PV installations face several challenges that can affect their performance and reliability. Some of the main hurdles include extreme temperatures, humidity, and high altitudes. Still, in high altitudes PV systems are more efficient, thanks to more direct and less diffuse radiation. That’s why Alpine regions, or the high plateaus of the Andes, are very attractive locations to harvest PV energy.