WHAT MAINTENANCE DO MY SOLAR PANELS REQUIRE?January 27, 2021
Solar panels are installations that do not require much maintenance, the installation of solar panels is a safe value for three reasons: quality, resistance and the ease of reducing our electricity bill, but even if they do not require much maintenance, they should be taken care of a little because efficiency may decrease.
The energy efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels can be affected for several reasons, since maximum energy production is only reached under optimal conditions.
WHAT FACTORS AFFECT THE PRODUCTION OF THE PANELS?
Here we are going to show you the most common causes that can cause the efficiency of the plates to be affected.
- That the panels are not oriented to the south or that the photovoltaic modules do not have the proper inclination.
- In our solar panels we have shadows.
- Accumulation of dirt and dust.
Although it is true that these common problems can be avoided very easily, the first two points are very simple, we just have to do a small study of how to install the panels for this, the Aztech Solar technicians will be willing to advise you so as not to encounter these problems, and the last one we only have to do a review from time to time to avoid reducing the production of our clean energy.
There are several studies on this subject, it has been calculated that the losses caused by cleaning the modules can reach up to 8% in places where there is an excess of dust, places near the industry or where many vehicles circulate. If we are careful to clean our solar panels, we will place the losses below 1%, so if we have the opportunity, we do not hesitate to clean our panels.
HOW TO CLEAN A SOLAR PANEL?
Cleaning our solar panels is very simple, we only need water and very little soap. After wiping it with a damp cloth with soap, we will rinse it with water.
It is not advisable to use detergents or harsh materials in cleaning because we could damage the surface of our solar module forever.
It is important that if we have not cleaned our solar panel for a long time, we soak it with water to avoid scratching the panel and we put a little soap on it, rub it with a soft sponge, then rinse it with plenty of water to remove all traces of soap and dirt that may stay.
HOW OFTEN does one ought to CLEAN THE SOLAR PANELS?
It is advisable that the owners of the solar panels clean about three or four times a year. but if we are in an area where there is a lot of dust, it would be advisable to clean them more frequently.
ARE THERE OTHER MAINTENANCE OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR PANELS?
Apart from cleaning the panels, if there are other ways to maintain the solar panels so that our modules are in optimal conditions.
If our installation is in an area that usually snows in winter, it is sure that we must remove the accumulated snow from our solar panels.
Another thing to take into account is the growth of branches in nearby trees, if those branches cover our panels and give us shade, we must cut the branches so that production is not affected or if those branches release many leaves and those leaves cover the panels we should go checking if there are leaves and if there are we should proceed to remove them.
It is important that being outdoors and operating with the sun’s rays our installation depends a lot on the climate to get to generate a large production and that is why maintenance is important.
THE CLIMATE IS IMPORTANT FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE FACILITIES?
The thing that affects the most that we have to do maintenance on our solar panels is the weather since our panels work outdoors. For example, snow, rain or wind has a direct impact on our photovoltaic solar panels.
If we are in a place where it rains a lot, snows or the wind is abundant, the solar panel may get more dirty than in a dry place where all these adversities are not so frequent.
So do not hesitate to maintain your photovoltaic solar panels, it is key to a successful production of energy to supply your home or business. If you still have doubts about any aspect or want information about our solar panels or anything else, do not hesitate to call us or visit us at Aztech Solar and our specialized technicians will be happy to advise you throughout the process both in the design and the installation. You can also visit us on Aztech solar Facebook page and on Instagram here.
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