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Newsbrief from Environmental Building News Green Roofs Improve Solar Panel Effciency Solar panels on green roofs, like these in New York City, can operate more efficiently because the surrounding air is cooled by plants. By Erin Weaver Green roofs are known to extend roof life, conserve energy, and reduce stormwater runoff and air pollution; new studies show they can also boost the performance of solar panels. Plants reduce a roof’s contribution to the urban heat-island effect by lowering the surrounding air temperature through evaporation; this cooling can also make photovoltaic panels perform more efficiently. Plants also reduce airborne pollutants and dust particles, allowing the panels to absorb more sunlight. Studies vary in the efficiency boosts reported, from 3% to 16%. This is in addition to green roofs’ known effect of cooling indoor air, which reduces annual ener...

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