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Statistics for the PV installation on the roof of Rob and Anne's house

Here is a list of accomplishments of our 4.37 kWp system that was installed on 27 January 2012.

Some key production numbers

Total production up to 22 July 2022: 51308.27 kWh

Return on investment = 12.1 % per year; system paid for itself and gave 2300.64 euro net income; net ROI 2.60 % per year.

  • Production last day: 18.46 kWh = 4.23 kWh/kWp
  • Production over last 7 days: 147.62 kWh
  • Production over last 30 days: 674.63 kWh
  • Production over last 365 days: 5032.23 kWh
Positive records:
  • Daily production record: 31.40 kWh = 7.19 kWh/kWp (6 June 2015)
  • Production record over 7 days: 205.77 kWh = 6.73 kWh/kWp/day (25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020)
  • Production record over 30 days: 788.02 kWh = 6.01 kWh/kWp/day (4 May 2020 - 2 June 2020)
  • Production record over 365 days: 5146.17 kWh = 3.23 kWh/kWp/day (3 June 2018 - 2 June 2019)
  • Fastest 1000 kWh: 41 days = 5.61 kWh/kWp/day (18 June 2018 - 28 July 2018)
Negative records:
  • Production minimum over 7 days: 7.23 kWh = 0.24 kWh/kWp/day (18 December 2012 - 24 December 2012)
  • Production minimum over 30 days: 59.80 kWh = 0.46 kWh/kWp/day (5 December 2017 - 3 January 2018)
  • Production minimum over 365 days: 4504.90 kWh = 2.82 kWh/kWp/day (17 April 2012 - 16 April 2013)
  • Slowest 1000 kWh: 175 days = 1.30 kWh/kWp/day (23 September 2019 - 15 March 2020)

Graphs

The graph here below shows the production over the last 365 days. Each day of production is given as a black "o"-sign. The red line is the model calculation showing the expected production on a perfectly sunny day, at the average temperature expected for the season in our area. The green line is the running average 14 days before and after the day, averaged over all years the system has been installed.

You can see from this graph that in winter, many days are much lower than the "sunny" prediction, while in summer there are rare days where the actual production is lower than half of the model calculation. This can also be observed in the monthly average table below, where the percentage of the model prediction is shown.

The following graph shows what effect the production has on our family use of public electricity. The black line represents our usage of electricity (in kWh/day) one data point per year. You can see that we started saving significantly after we checked the use of all our electrical equipment in 2006, and eliminated a few huge consumers. From 2013 onwards we slowly replaced all lighting by LED. And in 2016 we bought a new energy saving laundry dryer with heat pump. In 2020, we changed the heating of the house to include a 2kW/7.4kW heat pump system; we are curious how that will show up.

Starting 2012 a green line is added that shows our own production.

Since we have a meter with separate registration of produced electricity (a few weeks after installation of the system), we produced 51143 kWh. Of that, 12866 kWh (25 %) could immediately be used and 38277 kWh (74 %) was overproduction that has been delivered to the net. During the same period 33389 kWh (72 % of total usage of 46255 kWh) has been used from the net in darker hours.

The system is producing significantly more than we had expected, and our use was lower than the "average" predictions on our energy bill which we used to dimension our PV system. This made us a net producer of electricity for 8 years: until September 2020, we overproduced 9700 kWh. At that moment we bought a hybrid heat pump, since then we use about 4000 kWh/year more replacing 1300 m3/year of natural gas. The total overproduction remaining is 4852 kWh.

Production by month in kWh

Month2012
(kWh)
2013
(kWh)
2014
(kWh)
2015
(kWh)
2016
(kWh)
2017
(kWh)
2018
(kWh)
2019
(kWh)
2020
(kWh)
2021
(kWh)
2022
(kWh)
Jan26145107119119161107112105125100
Feb250209224270246158352305193261244
Mar418364502411439445354390476412578
Apr501560520637569616514617684597590
May621550623681647655690657798635713
Jun572619674661556652650661635643695
Jul585664606608671608752638616559509
Aug601587551554628564525597566527
Sep476389423406479407449420441455
Oct260263254291324250372227198257
Nov13197153123146136184145159131
Dec76125839710570971088783
All Year45174572472048584928472150454876495746863429
2012
(kWh/kWp)
2013
(kWh/kWp)
2014
(kWh/kWp)
2015
(kWh/kWp)
2016
(kWh/kWp)
2017
(kWh/kWp)
2018
(kWh/kWp)
2019
(kWh/kWp)
2020
(kWh/kWp)
2021
(kWh/kWp)
2022
(kWh/kWp)
All Year1033.51046.21080.01111.61127.81080.31154.51115.71134.31072.3784.8

Production by month in % of cloudless model

Month2012
(%)
2013
(%)
2014
(%)
2015
(%)
2016
(%)
2017
(%)
2018
(%)
2019
(%)
2020
(%)
2021
(%)
2022
(%)
Jan44.436.927.430.330.640.827.328.526.831.825.4
Feb47.441.044.053.146.630.969.160.036.551.148.0
Mar54.947.966.354.457.758.646.751.562.554.376.3
Apr57.864.760.173.865.671.159.471.479.068.968.3
May66.659.066.873.169.470.274.070.585.668.176.5
Jun63.768.975.073.561.972.672.373.670.671.677.3
Jul64.673.366.967.174.167.283.170.568.061.878.8
Aug69.968.364.164.473.165.661.069.466.061.3
Sep65.153.157.655.165.555.561.157.160.262.0
Oct43.944.342.748.854.742.162.538.033.543.4
Nov32.023.637.129.935.733.244.835.138.932.1
Dec22.837.524.928.931.520.828.932.325.924.9

Round numbers

  • 2012-04-19 at 08:14: Our first megawatt-hour (1 MWh = 1000kWh) was reached; 82 days and a few hours after installation of the system.
  • 2 MWh was achieved on 2012-06-11 during a very dark afternoon thunderstorm; that is 53 and a half days later.
  • 1 MWh/kWp (4370 kWh) was reached in the morning of a nice autumn day, 2012-11-14; after 291 days of operation.
  • 1000 Euro production was reached mid-day on 2013-02-04; a year and six days after startup.
  • 5 MWh happened early in the morning on "pi day", 2013-03-14. It took almost 168 dark days for the fifth MWh.
  • 2013-10-14: 2 MWh/kWp (8740 kWh)
  • 2014-02-06; 2000 Euro production was reached
  • 2014-04-05 10 MWh was accomplished, just before 18:00.
  • 2014-10-24 we have delivered a total 10 MWh to the power grid. Long live net metering!
  • 2014-12-27 a nasty (incomplete) snow cover gave us "instable operation" and no power at all.
  • 2016-04-29 In the morning we reached 20 MWh total production.
  • 2017-07-08 at 13:00 we pushed the 20000th kWh into the net.
  • 2018-05-15: 30 MWh was completed.
  • 2020-05-13: 40 MWh was completed.
  • 2020-07-01 after 8 years and 5 months the system had completely paid for itself!
  • 2020-09-02 we installed a hybrid heat pump; starting this winter we will be using the excess solar energy from the summer to heat the house.
  • 2020-09-02 power was switched off for 45 minutes for the heat pump installation.
  • 2020-09-10 we had a 35 minute power failure.
  • 2021-09-19 the power supply to our panels and heat pump has been interrupted by the residual current device for 50 minutes before we noticed.
  • 2022-05-27 total production passed 50 MWh

Comparing with other PV systems

To compare our production with other systems, check us out on SolarYield.EU.