How to maintain your solar panels

Solar panels are designed, manufactured, and installed to be durable and to have a long-lasting lifespan. They are a great investment because they can provide you with the best cost saving and consistent renewable energy for the next 25 years or more. Even though, they’re built to last, solar panels still need some degree of maintenance every once in a while. Besides their longevity, solar panels have a host of other benefits that make them a good investment. Overall, though, your solar power unit only requires very little maintenance in order to keep functioning in tip top shape. The only thing that is pertinent over time is the need for a periodic light cleaning to make sure that debris like dirt, leaves, and other items are removed so that they aren’t obstructing the sun’s rays.

Why solar panels need maintenance?

Even though they sound like they are tough pieces of equipment, they are still not 100% indestructible and impervious against damage. On rare occasions in the Northern Rivers region, they may have to face hail, strong rain storms, sand storms and even lightning. These problems may sound expensive but if you used a professional solar panel installer, they will have a good warranty and comprehensive insurance that can cover any damaged panels, repairs or replacement. It is recommended by Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator that solar panel systems should only be inspected and maintained by a licenced electrician or installer. The funny thing is the type of weather that is most commonly affects panels is heat and we are no stranger to that in this coastal city. As soon as the temperature reaches levels that are upwards of 90 degrees, the panels will begin losing efficiency. An expert solar solutions provider will know how to combat this, and it shouldn’t be a problem if there is sufficient air flow. 

How often should I service my solar panels

Cave Electrical & Solar is licensed for solar power work in the Northern Rivers and there is a local governing body for the use of renewable energies in the area. We’re licensed by the Clean Energy Council which recommends setting up an annual maintenance schedule for appointments to ensure that the system is safe and functioning well. Annual servicing can be expensive, and most times unnecessary, so once every year may be too often for the average residential or commercial client locally. Provided that the system is installed by a professional and experienced service provider, you should only need an inspection or maintenance check every five years or so. If you have flat solar panels, which happen at installation, you may need more frequent inspection. You can also invest in a good quality monitoring system to keep an eye on your solar panel’s support. It can be digitized to send alerts to us, as your licensed installers, or to yourself if anything isn’t operating as it should. Contact us for more on monitoring options. 

The main aspect of solar panel servicing that needs to be kept in mind is the need for periodic cleaning to keep the sun absorption facilities efficient. Some installations require more frequent cleaning than others and that depends on a few factors including tall trees on your property because you will need to make sure that there is no debris or other fall of elements like droppings from birds and otherwise. 

What is involved in solar panel maintenance?

According to advice and guidelines provided by Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator, this is what you should expect to be involved in the maintenance process:

  • Your solar panels will be cleaned, re-secured and made free of defects
  • An inspection of parts that have deteriorated/corroded
  • A check that vents are free of debris
  • A check that switches do not have any defects
  • Investigating wiring to make sure that it is not damaged
  • Some electrical checks and tests to ensure all components are operating as intended
  • The confirmation that fittings and cables are securely attached
  • The thorough reviewing of the inverter display panel for recorded faults
  • Checking that access to the isolator switches has not been impeded
  • Ensuring that emergency procedures for shutdown and isolation are clearly displayed

Ultimately, the maintenance of your solar panels should be easy because it doesn’t need to happen that often and because the structural integrity of the system is just that sound. You don’t technically have to do anything yourself because you have the skills of a professional solar servicing company at your disposal. All you need to do is keep up with your scheduled appointments, which won’t be very frequent at all, and your panels should continue to operate at peak efficiency, bringing you clean, renewable solar power for years to come. You can learn more about other dos and don’ts when it comes to solar panels or you can reach out to us and we can tell you ourselves.

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Cave Electrical & Solar
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Uki
NSW 2484

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