Solar panels are a great alternative energy source, and owning them has numerous benefits. They're cheaper, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly. However, solar panels require regular maintenance, especially in winter.
1. Regular Inspection and Cleaning
Winter brings snow and ice buildup, affecting your panel's efficiency. You need to regularly inspect your solar panel and clean it to ensure it's free from snow, dust, or debris. Remove any snow accumulating on the panel's surface to prevent short-circuiting or damage. Regular cleaning of the panels supports a maximum energy output, saves you a lot of money in the long run, and makes your panel last longer.
2. Clear the Surrounding Trees
Clear the surrounding trees of any branches that could fall on the panels. In winter, trees become a danger to the solar panel due to snow or ice accumulation, which could easily snap tree branches and fall on your solar panel. Falling branches on the solar panel mean you're not harvesting your solar energy optimally or, even worse, damaging the solar panel. Therefore, it is vital to trim the surrounding trees to protect your panels.
3. Check Your Solar Panel Is Angled Accurately
If you live in an area that experiences heavy snow, your panels need to be at an accurate angle to survive the winter. Ensure that your solar panels are angled correctly to allow the snow to slide off quickly. If the panel is flat, snow will accumulate, blocking the sunlight from reaching the solar cell and preventing energy conversion. Your solar panel's angle depends on your location, so check with a professional on the angle that suits your region.
4. Keep the Panel Warm
It is essential to keep your panel warm to function optimally during the winter. To keep the panel warm, clean it thoroughly and all surrounding areas. Keep the equipment and wires secure to reduce heat loss and avoid damage to your panel. Additionally, essential components such as energy storage batteries should be protected from extremely cold temperatures. That keeps them operational and prevents any potential for damage.
5. Hire a Professional
The best way to maintain your solar panel is to leave it in the hands of a professional. They have the skills and knowledge and can spot any issues or problems affecting your solar panel's efficiency. An experienced solar panel maintenance team can identify any signs of wear and tear and fix any damage that may have occurred during the winter. Solar panel professionals know how to test the equipment and wiring of your solar panel, ensuring it operates at its best.
Residential Solar Installation in California
Let our expert team at SunPower by Sun Solar take care of your solar panel maintenance needs. Don't let winter weather impact the efficiency of your solar panel. Reach out to us now and ensure your panel functions optimally all year round. Maximize your energy output and reap the benefits of solar energy. Contact us at (661) 535-0795 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.