Caring for Solar PanelsIf you are considering an investment in solar energy you’ll obviously have a lot of questions. One of the most common ones we receive at Global Efficient Energy is in regard to caring for solar panels. Just like any other type of mechanical or electrical equipment, a solar power system requires routine care in order to work at its maximum efficiency. However, you’ll be happy to know that the majority of systems are largely maintenance free.

Plenty of Performance with No Hassle

A solar power system is designed to provide years of worry-free, inexpensive electricity. Solar panels are durable to last 20 years or more with nothing more than routine cleaning and inspections. Of course, there are some rare instances where problems can develop that require troubleshooting and repair, but those are the exceptions rather than the rule.

Caring for solar panels is relatively easy because they don’t have moving parts that can break down or accumulate rust. The biggest concern is cleaning them; the frequency depends on whether or not you live in a dusty area. The dustier your location, the more often inspection and cleaning will be needed to get rid of not just dust, but other debris that could keep your panels from absorbing sunlight as efficiently as possible.

Here are the steps to take when it comes to cleaning solar panels. It is extremely important to note that you have to be in good enough physical shape to be able to get on your roof and clean your panels periodically. If you have any doubts at all regarding your ability to safely perform this job, please call a professional.

  • Rinse your panels with a garden hose.
  • Use a soft squeegee (similar to the kind used to wash building windows) and some soapy water to get rid of any dust or dirt left after rinsing.
  • Use the hose again to rinse off any soap suds that may remain.

Again, if your roof is too high for you to comfortably reach, or if you would find it hard to maneuver freely once you got up there, leave this job to a professional. If you have any questions or would like more information on racing for solar panels, call Global Efficient Energy at 1-888-826-7881 or contact us online.