SOLAR PANEL MAINTENANCE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!Michael Kibirige
Solar panels are a great investment as they can provide one with renewable solar energy for an entire 25+ year lifespan. But how do you maintain them? Read more about solar panel maintenance below.
Keep the shade away
Make sure that the path of sunlight is clear and is hitting your panels well throughout the day. This will keep them efficient and productive when the sun is up.
Check on your panels regularly.
If you’re using an inverter, make sure that its green light indicator is flashing. This means that your solar cells are converting energy that you can use for your devices.
Watch out for consistency.
If your system is producing the same energy (or more daily), then it is in good shape. However, if you see a significant decline in its efficiency, then, perhaps, it’s time to get it checked by an expert. Or, maybe it’s time to clean them.
Be aware of the weather’s effect.
If there’s a season change, it can be a good trigger for you to get that water hose and start sprinkling. When you do, make sure that the pressure isn’t so high that it will scratch the cell surface. Don’t use harmful chemicals or cleaners on your system. Distilled water is enough in keeping it clean and sparkling.
Invest in automatic cleaners.
Accumulated dirt can cover the panel’s surface and lead to reduced productivity. If you don’t have time to clean the device yourself, or you don’t think it’s safe for you to climb a ladder to reach it, then you can use automatic sprinklers to clean your panels. However, this is not necessary.
Never step on your panels
Even if you’re barefoot, it is never safe to step on your panels in the case of ground-mounted panels. Dirt on your foot may scrape the crystal’s surface and do more harm than good. If you need someone to check on it, seek the help of a professional who will know how to keep the system safe and functional.
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