If you’re just starting to explore your commercial solar options, you may wonder, “Do solar panels need maintenance?” The short answer is yes, they do. Solar panel systems aren’t as high maintenance as other energy systems since they have so few moving parts, but you should understand their operations and maintenance (O&M) before you invest in a solar installation for your business, organization, or community. Let’s look at some solar panel maintenance requirements and tips that can improve your system’s performance.
When people think of solar system maintenance, they usually think about maintaining and cleaning the panels. However, your system’s inverter is the component mostly likely to develop issues over the course of its 25+-year lifespan. Your inverter should have a warranty from its manufacturer. Make sure you review this warranty and understand what it includes. Then, if your inverter malfunctions, you can contact the manufacturer and take advantage of the warranty. Additionally, you should partner with solar system maintenance experts like the team at Verogy because we can monitor your system and determine whether any of its components need maintenance or repairs. Then we can perform those repairs and maintenance tasks to get your system back on track.
Of course, your solar panels do require maintenance, so let’s examine how you should take care of them properly.
Solar panels don’t need to be cleaned very often, but you should clean them periodically. If your facility has ground mounted solar panels, you can have a member of your staff wipe them down every so often. However, if your panels are mounted on your facility’s roof, you should hire a professional service to clean them so you don’t risk your staff members’ safety.
Luckily, solar panels are built with tempered glass that’s designed to stand up to even the toughest precipitation, such as hail. However, you can check your panels to see if hail scratched the glass after a hailstorm, though this is unlikely. Additionally, you can wipe off your panels with soft brushes if they accumulate snow, but again, this is unlikely. You can check your panels after precipitation occurs just to be safe, but snow, hail, and rain most likely won’t affect your solar energy system overall.
Why should you partner with Verogy for your solar maintenance? You should partner with us because we handle so much more than solar maintenance. We work with our clients through every step of the solar development and installation process. Once we’ve installed the solar project, we maintain it for the rest of its lifespan. We also help our clients access different forms of solar financing, including solar tax incentive programs. Solar maintenance is just one aspect of the solar processes we work with, and we want to provide services and solutions that maintain your solar power system during every part of its lifespan.
Your inverter should have a warranty from its manufacturer. Make sure you review this warranty and understand what it includes. Then, if your inverter malfunctions, you can contact the manufacturer and take advantage of the warranty. Additionally, you should partner with solar system maintenance experts like the team at Verogy because we can monitor your system and determine whether any of its components need maintenance or repairs.
Since Verogy’s founding, we have dedicated ourselves to offering comprehensive solar services and solutions that help our clients harness renewable energy to power their facilities and communities. We have all the operations and maintenance resources you need to take care of your solar project and ensure it provides the right amount of energy for your business, community, or organization.
While your solar system doesn’t need maintenance often, you should have a team of professionals monitoring your system to make sure it runs properly at all times. If you want to partner with a solar company that can manage your solar project comprehensively, reach out to Verogy today! We can develop and implement the solutions you need to maximize your solar system’s energy production.