The energy characteristics of the monthly solar radiation data from Yola, a town in Northeastern Nigeria, is examined. A preliminary descriptive analysis show that the data are negatively skewed. Five distributions were fitted to the data and the Weibull distribution provided the best fit for each of the months of the year. The energy output for a standard residential (1.626 m2) panel with 18.7% efficiency and a standard commercial (1.935 m2) panel with 23% efficiency, when exposed to solar radiation, are computed for each month using the Weibull distribution. The minimum radiation value was recorded in August. This gives a realizable energy output of 1.514 kWh and 2.216 kWh for standard residential and commercial panels, respectively. These energy outputs are equivalent to lighting 25.2 and 35.4 60-watts lightbulbs, respectively. For a solar cell farm of 1000 standard commercial panels, the realizable energy output is 2.2 MWh. Consequently, there is a good prospect for solar electricity generation in Yola.
Weibull distribution, solar energy, generalized log-likelihood ratio test, electricity generation
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Gongsin Isaac Esbond, Saporu W. O. Funmilayo. (2019) Solar Energy Potential in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. International Journal of Renewable Energy Sources, 4, 48-55
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