Is there a way to increase the efficiency of my solar panels? We get asked this question so often that we decided to tackle the subject head-on, even though the answer is complicated. The thing is, by the time solar panels are installed on your roof, they will be the most efficient they’ll ever be,
How to Increase the Efficiency of Solar Panels
which is why it’s important to choose a sysfefficiencytem from a reputable solar company that uses high-quality products and install them correctly. But let’s say you’ve hired a reputable solar company, your solar panels are already on your roof, and you just want to know if there’s anything else you can do to increase the efficiency of your solar panels. Here are some things we recommend trying to ensure maximum electrical output:
Avoid the Shadow
Planting trees around your house actually helps cool your house in the summer, saving you energy. However, if your trees are so tall that they are blocking your solar panels, they could be interfering with your solar efficiency. This type of blockage is different from a cloudy day, and could result in lower production, without blocking production completely. As a clean energy company, we love our trees. But if you have a tall tree blocking your panels, you should definitely consider having the tree trimmed or removed entirely by a professional.
You have to take the weather into account
You may already know that your solar power system probably produces more power during the summer months, but did you know that cooler temperatures are best for your solar output? High summer temperatures can actually reduce the efficiency of solar panels. Cool, sunny days, on the other hand, are often the best solar-producing days of the year. So the reason solar output might drop in the winter is because of short day lengths in some regions.
What happens if it snows or hails?
Certain elements like snow might temporarily inhibit your solar output, but they eventually melt. No need to worry about hail, either: your solar panels are strong enough to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at them. The most important thing to remember is that the efficiency of solar panels will fluctuate with changes in the weather, which is completely normal.
Solar Panel Maintenance
When it comes to maintaining your solar panels, it doesn’t take much. Dust and grime may temporarily inhibit solar output, but it’s usually safer and better to let rain, wind, and natural seasonal changes take care of them.
Efficiency throughout its useful life
While your solar panels are built to work flawlessly for 20 years or more, their output will naturally decrease somewhat over time. A typical manufacturer’s warranty guarantees that electrical output will remain above 80% for the life of the system, so any decrease should be minimal.
Your safety is very important to us! We do not recommend that you get on your roof to clean or test your solar panels for any reason. If you have any questions about your solar energy system, please call us to be able to help him.
To get an accurate idea of your solar production, focus on the annual production, instead of the daily production. If you have solar with us, you can see your production at any time through the Account Center online, or the Home Energy App (available from the App Store or Google Store). Happy sun!