Can you get solar power from the moon? Electricity Generated by Your Solar Panels at Night Is Minimal. Seeing as moonlight is just sunlight reflected off of the moon, you will be happy to hear that the answer is yes: solar panels do technically work with moonlight.
How much solar energy does the moon get? The Moon receives 13,000 TW of power from the sun. Criswell suggests that harnessing just 1% of the solar power and directing it toward Earth could replace fossil fuel power plants on Earth. “The lunar operations are primarily industrial engineering,” says Criswell.
How efficient are solar panels on the moon? The GaAs solar panels used in Lunokhod Lunar rovers during early seventies had an average efficiency of 11% in moon and their power output is found to be two times that Si solar cells tested under identical conditions .
Is solar power better on the moon? Solar panels on Earth are inefficient because it is dark half the time and often cloudy. Moon panels would mean that we could get energy even when the Earth is dark – and there are no clouds on the Moon.”