Are Solar Panels Hard to Maintain?

  • Aida Karagosian Somogyi
  • Vice President of RenovaPLUS

Although cleaning isn't mandatory with solar panels, it can definitely help increase production. Other than that, your solar system should be maintenance free!

 

Although cleaning isn't mandatory with solar panels, it can definitely help increase production. Other than that, your solar system should be maintenance free!

If you have solar panels, the great thing about them compared to other appliances is that with solar there are no moving parts – except for those photons dancing on the surface of the panel making electricity. That means, if you keep them fairly clean they shouldn’t need maintenance for decades to come.

How Often Should You Clean Your Solar Panels?

Renova recommends cleaning your solar panels two to three times a year, depending on where your home is and how your solar was installed. Assuming your panels were installed at an angle, which the vast majority are, you can either hose them off yourself or have a company like RenovaPLUS do it.

If you choose to hose them off yourself it’s best to squeegee them to reduce the possibility of hard water stains. If that’s too much of a hassle, you should have a professional solar maintenance company come out once a year to remove any stains and also check for loose wires, nesting birds, and other potential issues.

Cleaning Your Panels Can Increase Your Energy Production

If you lease your panels then you should have a production guarantee, but that is just the minimum amount of power they are predicted to produce. In order to maximize the energy production, you should also consider having them cleaned periodically, It can increase the production by as much as 10%. And with summer here, you’re going to want all the energy you can get!

If you purchased your panels, be sure to read your electric bill carefully each month to see how much energy you are producing. If it drops significantly, the panels may need to be cleaned or there may be another issue. If you have your panels from Renova, it will be possible to look into your production remotely and help you figure out if that may be the issue.

Whatever you decide, with SunPower panels, you have a comprehensive 25-year warranty and panels that have an expected life of up to 40 years. Call Renova Energy today for a free solar quote for your Coachella Valley home!

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