Although solar panels are built to last and require little “everyday” attention, it’s still important to take good care of them. After all, your commercial solar power system was a long-term investment! Regular maintenance every few years helps to keep your panels in great shape, prolonging the already lengthy life of your solar power system.
What’s involved in commercial solar system maintenance? Since there are no moving parts in the solar panels that can malfunction or deteriorate, maintenance largely involves ensuring the panels are kept clean and dirt-free. Although seemingly innocuous, dirt collecting on your panels can compromise the amount of sunlight reaching the panels and minimise their power output.
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As an incentive for choosing their services, solar power companies will often throw in a free maintenance package with every commercial purchase. Within these maintenance packages, solar companies will sometimes include thorough inspections, maintenance plans based on the findings of those inspections, and low-cost replacement parts if necessary.
Commercial Solar Panel Cleaning
Cleaning your panels is rather simple, especially if your panels are easily accessible. If you’re able to access your panels with little problem, rinsing the panels down with a garden hose is all you need to do. If you live in an area with greater instances of inclement weather, it’s likely your solar panels will be exposed to – and collect – larger amounts of dirt and debris. As a result, they may require more regular cleaning to keep them functioning optimally. To combat the increased need for cleaning, there are automated cleaning systems available for use on commercial solar power systems.
If your solar panels reside on your roof, cleaning them takes a little more effort and care. Take extra care when cleaning roof panels to ensure you do not fall or damage yourself – or the panels! For roof solar panels, it may be a better (and less scary) option to hire professional cleaners.
When cleaning your commercial solar power system, be careful not to apply cold water to the solar panels when they’re still hot. Doing so can significantly damage your commercial solar system. To avoid cracking the solar panels, clean them during the early morning or late evening once the panels have had an opportunity to cool down.
If you feel your commercial solar panel system needs a little extra “spritzing”, you can purchase a panel cleaning kit. The kits typically include a squeegee or wiper, a variety of brushes, and soap. To ensure the appropriate soap-to-water ratio and in order to clean your panels in the best possible way, follow the directions for cleaning included in your kit. When using soap to clean your commercial solar panel system, it is vital that you rinse away all of the suds and soapy residue. Similarly to letting dirt collect on the panels, allowing soap to dry on the panels can block the sunlight and consequently minimise their efficiency.
Whichever method you choose to use, keeping your panels in top shape will increase the amount of time for which your system pumps out the greatest amount of power. It will keep your commercial solar system functioning highly and efficiently, maintaining the desired energy production and increasing the return you see on your earth-friendly investment.