Light and elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID)

Light and elevated temperature induced degradation (LeTID) is another forms of power output degradation that affects crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell technology.

This degradation effect can be seen in both an immediate drop in module power and a sustained degradation rate over many years. LeTID is present in both p-type and n-type silicon cells and universally affects today’s most widely used c-Si module types.

LeTID occurs on a longer time scale on the order of multiple years. This blind spot requires additional treatment in the energy prediction to ensure an accurate performance prediction based on best available data for a given module technology type, specific manufacturer and cell process. The algorithm used is the same as in DC Linear degradation.

If manufacturer or independent test data is obtained, it should serve as a basis for incorporated loss factors. In absence of this module specific data, the table below summarizes the default settings for the energy prediction loss factors in Plant Predict for each module technology type based on the studies surveyed and referenced below.

Category Parameter Value or Setting
P-Type c-Si,
(Mono and Bifacial)
N-Type c-Si,
Ga Doped P-Type
(Mono and Bifacial)
LeTID First Year LeTID degradation rate 1% 0.5%
Custom long term degradation rate Y2-Y5 Multi-Year Power Degradation rate (in addition to default degradation rate) 0.5%/yr. 0.3%/yr.
Custom long term degradation rate Y6+ Multi-Year Power Degradation rate (in addition to default degradation rate) -0.3%/yr (=50% recovery) or demonstrated rate -0.17%/yr (=50% recovery) or demonstrated rate


Figure 40: List of LeTID default values



First Solar Application Note TSD-00536 Rev 1.0 : LID & LeTID Behavior of Industry Leading PV Module Technologies