So, you’ve installed solar and now you’re wondering how to maintain your solar panels. If you want to get the most out of your solar panels, be sure to follow our advice.
Solar energy offers a great way to save money on electricity bills and reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions by switching to a renewable energy source. While these systems may have a high initial price point, they can last around 40-50 years on average and require little solar panel maintenance. So, there’s plenty of time for you to receive a return on your investment.
Just like anything you want to last, you must take care of it. And if you want to get the most value from your solar panels, then you need to ensure that they will last as long as possible. It’s important that your solar system is maintained correctly. This guide covers everything you need to know to keep your solar panels working at peak efficiency for years to come. We’ll discuss topics including how often you should clean your solar panels, how much it costs to maintain them, and how to maintain them yourself.
Tips for Solar Panel Maintenance
Overall solar panels require little maintenance. The first step in maintaining your solar system is having a general understanding of the components that create your solar system. At a bare minimum, you need to know about these things:
- Racking and roof penetration are needed to attach the solar panels to your roof.
- Wiring and inverters are the components that create a connection between your home’s electrical system to the panel itself and the utility grid.
Once you have an understanding of the components of your solar system, you can now prepare for some light solar panel maintenance.
Over time, dust, debris, and dirt can all build up on your solar panels. This may compromise the efficiency of the solar panel system, but in Colorado, we get enough precipitation that cleaning solar panels is not something a homeowner typically needs to do.
If your solar panels are installed with a tilt, then rainwater will naturally do the job of clearing debris off the panels. During the dry season, it’s important to check your panels frequently and if they have debris, you must manually clear it. This doesn’t require much work, but don’t use a high-power hose system. Instead, opt for a blower or spray with a garden hose. This simple step can keep your panels clean and in their most efficient state without any solar panel maintenance.
In the winter, if you receive heavy snowfall and your panels are struggling to melt it away, you could assist with the snow removal by using a soft snow brush to simply brush the snow away. This should only be done if you have easy access to your solar system and there is no risk of falling or injury. Because solar panels are made of tempered glass, beware of using hot water to clear snow because it may result in cracks.
Are you Ready for Energy Independence?
Solar is generally a low-commitment way to remove yourself from the susceptibility of the rising cost of power, save on your monthly electric bill, and add value to your home, all while producing energy from a clean, green source.
Contact EcoMark today to get a solar panel consultation today