Protecting Your Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is a large investment, and it should be
protected. Unfortunately, solar panels are exposed to a
number of extreme elements. An undue amount of extreme
conditions or debris can cause damage to your solar panel
investment. Be sure to implement these steps to ensure that
your solar panels stay in top condition and reduce the
likelihood of damage. Another unfortunate result if you do
not take care of your solar panels properly is you may
experience reduced efficiency of your solar panels. Be sure to
take care of your panels to make sure they produce the most
energy and last for many years.
First it’s important to get a solar panel that will help you keep it protected. You can do that by buying a
solar panel that has built-in films to protect the panel from harsh environments, such as salt-mist,
ammonia, or fire.
A great option is the Helios 255 watt panels. The Helios 255 watt panels have a 25 year linear
performance warranty and a 10 year workmanship
warranty. While most solar panels are on roofs, it is
not necessary. Solar panels are placed on roofs to
reduce the amount of overhead shade. But if you are
able to ensure a clear path for the sun’s rays to hit
your solar panels on the ground, it will be easier for
you to maintain.
If you anticipate difficulties protecting your solar
panels on the roof, seriously consider placing your
solar panels closer to the ground. Simply put, solar
panels that are more readily accessible are easier to
maintain. You can protect your solar panels by
regularly cleaning them. Be sure to pull out some
soap, warm water and a rage to get rid of the dust,
dirt, grime, and bird droppings.
Although we always think of sunny summer, the sun
doesn’t stop shining in the winter. However, if you
live in a location that is prone to snow be sure to
clear the snow off of your solar panels—the sun’s
rays will not penetrate the solar panels until the
snow is cleared.
Thankfully modern solar panels have been designed to withstand the fierce wind and hail found in some
treacherous storms. Newer panels have unbreakable materials to protect the delicate silicon; if you have
an older set of solar panels consider placing sheets of plywood over your solar panels before a storm
comes in. Especially if you live in a rural area, consider implementing some anti-theft protection on your
solar panels. Use locking bolts on your panels, place tamper-proof stickers with the owners name on it,
and/or security cameras and alarms.
You should consider replacing your solar panels if it has been noticeably damaged. Also although your
panels may last 40 years, there’s a chance that their efficiency will decrease after 25 years. As always
seek the help of a solar panel expert for advice on how to protect your solar panels, or when it would be
best for you to replace your solar panels.
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