Solar Power Maintenance: What is Required for Homeowners?

Solar Power Maintenance: What is Required for Homeowners?

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Why solar power?

The world is moving towards more environment friendly energy options, making solar power a very popular option for those working on making the big switch or trying to tone down electricity costs.

Solar power is preferred over the other energy sources because:

  • it is pollution free since no greenhouse gases are emitted after installation;
  • it is renewable and clean since it is available every day even when it is cloudy;
  • it ensures a reduction on overall dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels
  • it is also return on investment as a gift that keeps giving compared to paying for utility bills.

Why do you need solar power maintenance?

In general, maintaining a solar panel will increase its life span and ensure you get the best out of it. Most solar panels have a lifetime value of up to twenty-five years. For the most part, solar panels require very little maintenance on the regular. Most of the time, all that is needed is a periodic light cleaning to remove dirt, leaves, and any other debris that could obstruct the sun’s rays. Unless of course when it starts snowing or when your panel’s output is running low, then you will require more extensive maintenance’

So how can you safely maintain your solar power panels?

If your panels are tilted in placement, it is pretty easy since rainfall actually clears away any debris that may accumulate on them. You will, however, have to clean them manually during the dry season or if you go extended periods without rain. The recommended cleaning time is set at two to four times a year.

To clean your solar panel at home is fairly easy, all you need is a leaf blower or a quick spray with a garden hose, and any debris will be cleaned off.

You can also use warm (never hot) water or a long-handled squeegee to clear the snow off your panel during winter.

Ground panels vs. roof panels: Is there a maintenance difference?

There is no real difference in the maintenance routine between ground-mounted solar systems and roof solar systems. Granted, one is on the ground and thus easier to access, you should clear off any build-up of debris on your solar power panel as soon as possible. Ideally work with not having any build-up at all.

Warranty matters

During your purchase, it is important to ensure that you get a proper solar panel warranty from your merchant. In event that your solar power panel’s efficiency starts decreasing, you will definitely require the services of a professional, and they don’t come cheap. A good warranty serves for between 15 and 25 years, and ensures that your panels’ energy production remains at 85% or above for that entire time.

Combating extreme weather

All solar power panels are designed to be resilient against all manner of weather; rain, hail, sleet and snow. The only threat to solar power panels is, and quite ironically, extreme heat. When the temperature levels go beyond 90 degrees, solar power panels lose efficiency by approximately 1% per degree. A good remedy for this would be to elevate the panel a few inches above the ground or roof to allow for air circulation. Doing this may help the panels to cool down and maintain energy production.

Monitoring your solar power panel’s health

This is something that can be easily done by integrating a solar panel monitoring system into your setup. A monitoring system will track the energy output for your panel and allow you to take not of any slack in the output. The monitoring system will also be able to alert you in case of a breakdown or malfunctions in your panel for you to intervene appropriately.

Are you thinking of making the big switch to solar power? Are you looking for support for maintaining your solar power panels? Let do it for you! Get in touch today!