Tips for Maintenance of Solar Panels
Solar panels require very little maintenance and once installed there are not many costs associated with maintaining them. You should inspect them a few times per year for dirt or some other things that might have piled on top. It is important that the panels are clean and there is nothing blocking them from efficiently absorbing the sun.
1. Watch out for shade – Keep solar panels out of shade as energy production becomes inefficient when they are kept from absorbing any sunlight.
2. Keep an eye on the solar panels and make sure the inverters are flashing green lights – If they are not flashing, you are losing money by no longer compensating for your electricity use.
3. Document the day-to-day performance to improve solar panel maintenance – It is important to write down how much energy has been produced at a consistent time every day and make special note of dates where it is very cloudy. Some of the results will be inconsistent. (Your manufacturer would be able to provide you with the best monitoring system for your solar panels.)
4. Monitoring systems help you see how much you are benefiting the environment – and how much CO2 you are emitting into the atmosphere. They can also help you know how much you could benefit from the feed-in tariff scheme.
5. You should have your system examined every 4-6 years by an installer. It is also a good idea to ask your installer about specific maintenance requirements for your solar system.
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