Importance of solar panel maintenance
There are instances where individuals or businesses with installed photovoltaic solar systems forget to ask for a yearly preventative maintenance for their system, choose not to ask at all, or merely think it is not necessary. Photovoltaic solar systems need at least one preventative maintenance each year, much like any other long-lasting equipment like a car or machinery, to avoid problems that can no longer be repaired. We address some of the often asked questions about this service and the value of solar panel maintenance in this blog. The key points for the maintenance of the solar panel are:
- To maintain the reliability and efficiency of solar systems
- Maintain the installation's operating conditions, performance, safeguards, and durability within the allowable ranges.
- Keep your promise
- Prolong the life of the equipment
- Boost utilization
- Maintain consistent equipment functioning
How solar panels work
Photovoltaic cells, the building blocks of solar panels, transform solar energy into electrical current.
Between layers of semiconducting materials, such as silicon, are sandwiched photovoltaic cells. When photons from sunshine strike each layer, its unique electronic properties energize and produce an electric field. The photoelectric effect is what causes the current required to generate energy.
Electricity produced by solar panels is in the direct current form. This is then put via an inverter to change it into an alternating current that can be used by the building or structure that the solar panels are mounted on, the National Grid, or both.
Types of solar panels
- Monocrystalline solar panels
- Polycrystalline solar panels
- Passivated Emitter and Rear Contact cells (PERC) solar panels
- Thin-film solar panels
Common components of a solar panel system
A solar electrical power system for a home typically consists of the following parts. These parts are also used in substantial commercial power applications:
- Mounting Framework
- Solar Panels
- A system of energy storage
- Charge controllers
Best practices for cleaning solar panels
A small amount of dust accumulation might not be a major issue and could be removed with your garden hose. Professional cleaners can, however, address challenging issues and guarantee that you are risk-free when climbing onto your roof. Working together with professionals can provide the highest cleaning standards.
Although, if you wish to clean the solar panels at home, the majority of DIYers utilize items they already have at home. If you'd rather do your own cleaning, we advise using clean water, detergent, and a soft, high-quality brush. Only use a light detergent if certain panels require additional cleaning. Clean filthy areas thoroughly and carefully using a sponge coated in cloth and a mild detergent. This stops powerful chemicals from leaving marks on your panels. Other tips for keeping your panels maintained and efficient include:
- Keeping your solar panels in direct sunlight.
- Make sure the inverters are flashing green lights while keeping an eye on the solar panels.
- Track daily performance. It is crucial to record the amount of energy generated at a regular time each day and to take particular note of the days of cloudy weather.
- You can install automatic cleaners that function like sprinkler systems or even make appointments with solar panel cleaning businesses if you don't have time to clean solar panels.
- Fortunately, solar power maintenance may not be necessary because solar panels lack moving parts that could rust or malfunction.