Maintenance Tips for Optimal Solar Panel Performance

Whether you’re a new solar panel owner or have been enjoying the benefits of solar energy for years, regular maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your system and maximise its efficiency.

But what essential maintenance can you do to get the most out of your solar panels? 

Regular cleaning

Dust, dirt, bird droppings, and other debris can accumulate on the surface of your solar panels, reducing their efficiency. Cleaning your panels regularly helps maintain optimal energy production.

How should this be done?

Cleaning is vital, especially if you live in a particularly dusty or pollen-heavy area. Use a soft brush or a sponge with mild soapy water to gently remove dirt. Avoid abrasive materials that could scratch the surface. Always prioritise safety. If your panels are hard to reach, contact the team at Solar Select for a professional cleaning service.

Inspect for damage

Regular inspections help identify potential issues before they become significant problems.

What should I look for?

Check for any physical damage to the panels that could affect their performance. Does any of the wiring appear to have any signs of wear or looseness? Ensure that all mounting brackets and hardware are secure.

What about the elements that are not so obvious?

Monitoring your system’s performance can help you detect and address issues promptly. Most modern solar systems come with monitoring software or apps that allow you to track energy production.

Be cautious of any sudden drops in energy production, this can indicate a problem that needs attention, and compare your current and past data to identify trends or potential issues.

Consider your surroundings

Shading can significantly reduce the efficiency of your solar panels. Ensure that trees, bushes, or other vegetation do not cast shadows on your panels. Regularly trim any overhanging branches or plants that could obstruct sunlight.

Leave it to the professionals

While there are many maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, it’s crucial and highly beneficial to schedule an annual professional check-up.

At Solar Select, our professionals can identify and fix issues that might not be apparent to an untrained eye. We ensure all components, including panels, inverters, and wiring, are functioning correctly, giving you peace of mind that your system’s software is up to date for optimal performance.

For the best results, we recommend that solar panel cleaning takes place once a year around March/April to optimise the system ready for the summer because on average 80% of generation occurs between April and October.

At Solar Select, we go the extra mile using a drone to thoroughly inspect your solar panels, especially if they are installed on a roof with no reasonable visual access.

Maintaining your solar panels is essential for sustaining their efficiency and longevity. At Solar Select, we are committed to helping you make the most of your solar investment that’s why we have dedicated maintenance packages and aftercare services.

If you have any questions or need solar panel maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Together, we can ensure a brighter, more sustainable future >>> [email protected]

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