Australia experiences more solar radiation per average sq. km than any other place on earth. Our great country has access to far more energy from the sun than we consume every year, and we all know one of the best ways to harness, store and utilize this abundantly available renewable source of energy is through solar panels.
The efficiency of solar panels is affected by multiple factors, which include the type of panels installed, the energy requirements of the property, the location of the property and maintenance. Many misconceptions exist regarding the usage of solar panels; one of them being that they do not require maintenance once installed.
It is important that Solar Panels are maintained regularly by a qualified professional as they are exposed to harsh weather conditions and dust throughout their life. Solar panels that are not maintained well may see a reduction in efficiency by up to 20% which is compounded overtime.
The following should be inspected to ensure that the panels perform at its maximum potential:
- Dust accumulation on the panels
- Dust in the inverter
- Discoloration, chips and cracks on the panel
- LED indicators, meters and other displays
- Cable connections and mechanical connections
- Switches and other operating parts
- The fixture of the panels and other parts
The cost of maintenance of solar panels is not prohibitive but it is helpful to budget from the beginning. Since the entire Solar Panel setup has very little moving parts the cost of maintenance is reasonable, and regular cleaning of the panels is vital for the performance of the system. With the panels maintained well and the sun beaming down upon us, you will be well on your way to getting free energy.
Be efficient, go solar.