- January 9, 2019
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Are we really ready to see solar panels on mountaintops? Is it logistically viable? Based on a new study by researchers in Switzerland, solar panels on snowy mountaintops could generate the same amount of energy as urban installations with much less surface area. Theoretically, solar panels at higher elevations can capture more of the sun's energy because less solar radiation is absorbed by the thinner atmosphere at high altitudes. Despite those facts, the issues involved installing solar arrays in the mountains range from social acceptance to inaccessible terrain. Would the obstacles outweigh the benefits?