Thinking of commercial solar? How to take care of your panels
Many are under the impression that solar panels are fragile. Luckily, the opposite is true – solar panels are tough, durable and will continue to save you money and slash your business’ energy bills for decades to come with only minimal maintenance.
Of course, minimal maintenance is not the same as no-maintenance!
If you’re thinking of commercial solar installation in Melbourne, you’ll also need to think about commercial solar maintenance.
Luckily for you, that doesn’t entail much work!
How tough are solar panels?
In a word, very!
Think about how much abuse your commercial solar panels will put up with over the years. Harsh UV, rain, hail, strong winds… all of these can batter your solar panels.
That’s why reputable solar manufacturers test their panels in a range of weather conditions, and design them to withstand that type of abuse.
While it’s true that the cells themselves are thin and fragile, they’re cocooned in impact-resistant glass and use sturdy metal frames for support and protection.
LG solar panels in particular are designed to comfortably resist hailstones up to 3cm across and temperatures as high as 90C.
And commercial solar panels are no slouches in durability, either. There are very few moving parts in a solar panel, which means fewer points of failure.
Taking care of your solar panels
We’ve got some good news: owing to their durability and resilient design, solar panels are easy to look after.
In fact, taking care of your commercial solar system can be as simple as…
Cleaning your solar panels
Dirty solar panels mean power loss. After all, they use the sun to generate power – what if the sun is blocked by grime, leaves and other debris?
One of the easiest ways to take care of your solar panels is to make sure that it is clean and well-maintained. That means cleaning off dirt, pollen, bird droppings, leaves, and other debris reduces the amount of sun exposure your solar panels receive.
As we mentioned above, the glass used in solar panels is tough. When it comes to cleaning, this means you won’t have to use special products or anything – a simple hose down and wipe will get the job done.
Of course, you’ll still need to stay safe while up there – unless you’re licensed to work from heights or have essential safety equipment like barriers on hand, we suggest leaving it to a pro.
Inspect your fittings and wiring
While the panels themselves might be tough, they aren’t the only part of your commercial solar installation!
In addition to your solar panels themselves, your commercial solar installation also features:
Each of these elements plays a crucial role in providing you with solar power, and therefore needs to be looked after if you’re to continue saving money.
We suggest getting these important components inspected regularly by a licensed electrician.
They’ll give you a heads up regarding any potential issues that your solar panels may encounter, and fix them before they become a major issue in the long run.
Check energy usage
Okay, so this technically isn’t a maintenance task per se – that said, it’s still important!
At Pacific Solar, we take a unique data-centric approach to your solar. Each commercial solar installation we perform is followed by ongoing reporting that tells you:
- Exactly how much electricity your panels are generating
- Exactly how long it will take to make a return on your investment
- Exactly how much money you’ve saved
In addition to giving you peace of mind, this also helps us keep tabs on how your panels are performing, and helps us identify issues as they arise.
The importance of choosing the right brand for commercial solar installation in Melbourne
When it comes to commercial solar, there are many decisions that need to be made regarding:
- Roof space
- Installation method
- Inverter chosen
- Solar installer
- Property structure
One particularly important choice is which brand of solar panel you opt for.
That’s because not all solar brands are made equal. When it comes to commercial solar installation in Melbourne, it’s crucial that you choose one of the good ones.
In addition to affecting the durability of your system, the brand you choose will also affect efficiency, output and most importantly, warranty policies.
On the off-chance that your panels wear prematurely, your warranty policy will cover you, ensuring that your power bill won’t be affected.
At Pacific Solar, we partner with reputable brands like LG. Not only are LG solar panels durable and tough, but they also come with an industry-leading 25-year warranty!
Maintain your solar panels with the help of Pacific Solar!
Taking care of your solar panels starts with choosing the right team for your commercial solar installation in Melbourne.
Pacific Solar has been in the solar industry since 2007 and has built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading solar installers. Over the years, we’ve worked with businesses big and small all over the country.
We do much more than just install, however.
Our mission is to provide you with tangible, long-lasting savings. To help with that, we provide ongoing inspections, repairs and warranty service for your solar panels.
We help you take care and maintain your solar panel, helping you get the most out of your solar.