As public concern over climate change rises and research develops, the list of benefits associated with the use of solar panels continues to swell. Today, solar panel owners can make good money selling surplus energy back to the grid where available, while reaping the positive impact that renewable energy has on their reputation.
One of the most powerful selling points for solar energy is how low maintenance modern panels are. However, it's important for business owners to recognize the benefits of carrying out regular maintenance. Let’s take a look at a few key ways to care for your panels, and how doing so will benefit you and your business.
In order to function properly, solar paneling requires just one thing – sunlight. The stronger the sunlight, the more energy your panels will be able to convert. Naturally, this makes cleaning very important. Even small amounts of dirt can hinder your panels' ability to generate power. Cleaning your panels on a regular basis is the simplest way to ensure that they're getting the maximum amount of light and performing to their full potential.
Keeping the Area Clear
However, ensuring light reaches your panels isn't just about cleaning. It can help to keep an eye on the surrounding area, looking out for things that could obstruct or dirty your solar panels. Trees are a common issue in this respect. Aside from actually blocking light, nearby trees might shed leaves that fall onto your panels. Alternatively, they could be housing birds, posing a more robust cleaning challenge.
While the initial placing of your panels should take the positioning of nearby trees into account, it's worth keeping them in check, pruning wherever necessary.
Conduct Performance Checks
Doing all you can to prevent problems from arising is all well and good, but there's nothing more important than monitoring the health of your panels. The best way to ensure that you know when something is amiss with your panelling is to conduct regular performance checks.
If you witness an unexpected change in your panels' performance, diagnose the issue as quickly as possible. Of course, certain paneling can produce automated fault alerts. However, carrying out your own performance tests gives you one more element of control.
Solar panel technology is incredibly complex, so not all issues are easy to spot. Regardless of whether or not your own performance checks highlight problems, it’s wise for business owners to schedule regular professional servicing of their panels. As is often the case, catching problems before they develop is a sensible and cost-effective form of maintenance.
All of the above tips represent a financially savvy approach to maintaining your solar panels. Installing panels is a significant step towards saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. However, by following these simple steps after the initial layout and purchase, you can ensure the longevity of your solar panel system, and ensure that you secure the absolute best ever possible return on your investment.
This article was written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam with useful information from GMI Energy. Kelly enjoys find dining in intriguing places, you can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam.