Over an extended period, solar panels can lose up to 15-25% of their efficacy if not cleaned properly. So here are a few key points to consider when it comes to maintaining your solar system correctly.
WHY DO I NEED TO MAINTAIN MY SOLAR PANELS?
It is important that regular maintenance is carried out on your solar panel system. Undertaking regular maintenance will ensure your solar panel system operates safely, correctly, efficiently and will ensure your system serves out its life.
Over time dust, debris and soiling will build upon your solar panels, which may compromise the performance of your solar panel system up to 25%. In addition, water and moisture, wind, and sunlight can all cause damage or deterioration to your system.
Routine maintenance will also ensure system performance is maintained, allowing you to maximise savings on your power bills for many years.
We find that new system owners take care of their plant within the first three years but then neglect it for the remaining lifetime of the system, causing it to deteriorate at a rapid rate.
HOW OFTEN DO SOLAR PANELS NEED TO BE MAINTAINED?
Since solar panels have very few moveable parts, they are practically maintenance-free. But your solar panels still need to be checked for damage and cleaned anywhere from 1 to 4 times each year. How much cleaning is needed is depends on your location, as areas with high wind and dust need more frequent cleaning.
WILL THE WEATHER DAMAGE MY SOLAR PANELS?
Most solar panels are made of tempered glass to withstand rough weather. Even though they are highly durable, no solar panel is indestructible. Panel derating will also occur in humid climates. In climates with hailstorms, panels can be cracked or even shattered.
ARE SOLAR PANELS HARD TO MAINTAIN?
All in all, maintaining your solar panels is easy. Dorman Projects offers one-year free maintenance on all commercial solar projects making it even easier to maintain your solar system. Ensure the system is monitored, cleaned, and checked by an accredited solar installer at least once a year. Cleaning the modules is only half the job as inverters, cables, and connections must be checked.
MONITOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM
The only way to detect a problem in the system is to monitor its performance through daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual checks.
Dorman Projects offers a complete turn-key maintenance solution for Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Durban.
In conclusion, maintenance will ensure your solar panel system operates safely, correctly, efficiently.