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Solar performance database promises power boost

Households that have installed solar panels are being invited to submit data on their performance to a new free service that promises to let them know if their system has been properly optimised.

The University of Sheffield is managing the online MicroGen Database, which compares solar panel performance data with weather information from the Met Office and the performance of other installations in the area to produce a "performance ratio" revealing the difference between how much a system generates and how it should generate given the prevailing weather conditions.