5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Solar
Having a solar energy system installed should be considered as a long-term investment, which is why we want to make sure that its level of performance and safety remains as consistent and efficient as possible.
Whether you've just installed panels or you've had them for a while, here are five ways to get the most out of your solar and make the most of your investment.
1. Keep your panels clean and free of debris for maximum efficiency
Over time, dust, dirt, and leaves can build up on the panels, which can reduce the amount of sunlight that is received, which in turn reduces the amount of electricity that is generated. In addition, leaves and other debris can block the flow of air around the panels, causing them to overheat and reducing their lifespan. Therefore, it is important to regularly clean your solar panels, in order to ensure that they continue to operate at maximum efficiency.
Note: We recommend avoiding using abrasive cleaners or dishwashing liquids as these can damage the surface of the panel and may void panel warranties.
2. Make sure your system is properly sized for your needs
When it comes to solar panel systems, size matters. If your panel capacity is too small, they won't be able to generate enough power to meet your energy needs. On the other hand, if your panel capacity is too large, you'll end up spending more money than necessary on equipment and installation.
As a result, it is important to take the time to determine your energy needs before selecting a solar panel system. With a little planning, you can ensure that your solar panel system is both effective, efficient and with the optimal payback and return on investment for you consumption
3. Maximise your solar exposure by orienting your panels in the right direction
One of the most important factors in solar panel efficiency is orientation. In order to maximise your solar exposure, your panels should ideally be facing the sun at all times. In the Northern Hemisphere, solar panels should be facing south, while here in the Southern Hemisphere, they should be facing north.
Additionally, solar panels should be angled so that they are perpendicular (90°) to the sun's rays. This ensures that the panels can absorb as much sunlight as possible. By orienting your solar panels in the right direction, you can make sure that they are as efficient as possible.
However, the “optimum” tilt for an installation can be different depending on where you live and what level radiation there typically is in that area, but nonetheless it's something to consider this when planning out a new project or upgrading old panels!
4. Monitor your solar energy system
In order to get the most out of your solar panels, it's important to monitor their performance on a regular basis. By keeping an eye on things like panel output and efficiency, you can make sure that your solar system is running as efficiently as possible. Additionally, monitoring your solar system can help you identify any potential problems early on, before they have a chance to cause serious damage. There are a number of different ways to monitor your solar system, but one of the simplest is to use a solar analytics platform.
The best part is that as an ASD client, we can retro fit a Solar Analytics unit to any inverter manufacturer which provides real-time data on solar panel performance and household consumption. This makes it super easy to spot any issues that might arise so that our team can get on top of it and ensure that your system is performing as it should be.
5. Schedule annual maintenance checks
Having solar panels installed for your home or business can be a great way to save money on your electricity bill while reducing your carbon footprint, however that doesn’t make it a set-and-forget investment. Much like your car, your solar power systems need regular maintenance and servicing in order for them to work efficiently. Preventative maintenance helps maintain maximum safety and helps ensure that potential problems are detected as early as possible – before they become too costly to repair. It can also help to keep warranties up to date and responsible parties accountable for their warranties offered.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with any aspects relating to your solar system or would like to book a maintenance call, get in touch with us today by submitting an enquiry here or simply call our team directly at 1800 765 237.
Our qualified and experienced solar experts will assist you in ensuring that your solar system will be able to provide you with sufficient energy for many years to come!