While solar power is becoming increasingly viable as a home power option, questions about maintenance often pop up. Here at the Eco Renewables Group we are solar panel experts. We work with homeowners across the region from Southport to Manchester, and Liverpool to Lancaster, to provide personalized solar power solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to solar power maintenance.
Do solar panels need maintenance?
Solar panels are such a good investment, because they can provide electricity to your home, with very little maintenance required. Most solar panel systems only need the basic check and clean 1-2 times a year. However, it is important to note that solar panels are only cost efficient when they are working at their maximum output. This means that any stuck leaves, debris or dirt could have a negative effect on the output of your solar panels. As a result, bi-annual checks and maintenance should not be missed.
Solar panel maintenance
Cleaning is the important key aspect of solar panel maintenance. Removing dust, dirt and debris can make a huge difference to your solar power output, as all of these can block the sunlight, reducing the absorption from the panels themselves. As a result, if you live in an area close to trees or with a lot of pollution, it may be necessary to clean your solar panels more frequently.
How to clean your solar panels
The simplest way to clean off your solar panels is to rinse the panels with your standard garden hose. This will remove most dust and dirt, as long as it isn’t stuck. If you do come across tricky areas, where the hose simply wont cut it, you can use a tall window scrub (essentially a long pole with a soft sponge on the end) and some soapy water to tackle the effected area. Just remember to use the hose to remove any soap suds left behind.
If your solar panels are hard to reach, or you need to use a ladder to get up there, it might be a better option to contact a professional solar panel cleaning team. Simply for your own safety.
For more information or advice about maintaining your new solar panels, get in touch with the experts today, here at the ECO Renewables Group.