Now that winter is over and we are looking forward to sunny days, some are considering adding residential solar power panels. Or maybe you already have an installation. Maintenance is something that solar panel owners and potential owners might want to learn about and understand.
If you are interested in how to maintain solar panels, read on for more information.
Residential solar power panels and commercial solar panels alike are made to be tough. These panels are designed to withstand inclement weather and high winds. Although the cells are delicate, they are encased in thick glass casings and frames. In fact, solar panels can last up to twenty-five years and, in some cases, even longer.
After a weather event, owners might want to make sure that their panels are free of any tree limbs, leaves, or debris. If it is an unstable situation, contact your installer for a professional evaluation of your array.
Consider hiring a professional team to wipe down your panels for maximum energy production. Frequent rain will keep your solar panels clean. Consider hiring a professional team to wipe down your panels for optimum energy production if you live in an area prone to drought, soot, or air pollution.
On the topic of energy production, if you notice that your solar panels are suddenly producing less energy than usual, it is a good idea to connect with your installation company to talk about solar panel maintenance.
Be sure to keep any warranty information on hand in case of a malfunctioning or broken solar panel.
If you are in the process of learning about and researching the viability of a solar array for your home or business, think about the proper placement of your residential solar power panels.
Maintain solar panels by keeping them out of any shady areas on your property. Not only will they produce less energy, but they may also be covered with tree limbs or other plant waste.
A professional solar installation company has performed hundreds if not thousands of client consultations. They should be able to guide you through the best layout and placement of your solar panels with ease.
If you decide on a roof mount, consider trimming any overhanging branches on a regular basis.
Solar Battery Maintenance
Many owners of residential solar power panels also invest in solar batteries. Solar batteries store any excess energy solar arrays produce. Some of the most common and tested types of solar batteries are:
Lithium-ion Solar Batteries - Lithium-ion batteries are popular for solar panel owners because of their high efficiency and low maintenance. A famous lithium-ion battery is the rechargeable Tesla Powerwall.
Flow Solar Batteries - Flow batteries have a lifespan of up to 25 years. They also are a good choice for people off-grid because of their ability to store power.
Lead-Acid Solar Batteries - Lead-acid batteries are known for their affordability and reliability.
For the most part, solar batteries should be stored in a well-ventilated garage or outbuilding. In general solar batteries do not require much maintenance at all. Depending on the type of battery you select, cleaning an air filter or checking for corrosion are top on the list. If you have concerns about your particular batteries, connect with an expert.
Keep In Mind
If you have solar panels or are in the process of installing a solar array, here are a few reminders and information that might interest you -
Homeowners Insurance - While most homeowners insurance companies cover residential solar power panels, it is always a wise first step to let them know about your installation or solar panel project. Not only will you have peace of mind about your investment, but you will also rest assured that it is covered.
Ground Mount - When thinking about how to maintain solar panels, worries about roof mounts may arise. Talk with your installer about any maintenance concerns and if a ground mount would work for you. Depending on the layout and setup of your property, a ground mount might be the right choice for your project.
Winter Weather Concerns - Solar power maintenance should not be a considerable concern for those who live in cold and snowy climates. Usually, any accumulation will melt off on its own. If there is prolonged precipitation, gently removing any snow should help with energy production.
Tax Credits & Rebates - The Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is offering a 26% tax credit for new array installations through the end of 2022. It lowers to 22% in 2023 and expires for residential solar power panels in 2024.
Look into or consult with your installers about any rebates your state may have available.
Solar energy is a clean and renewable way to power the home, much more sustainable than fossil fuels. Maintaining solar panels is also a lot easier than many realize. If now is a good time to begin your solar journey, speak with a professional today!