Solar panels are a great way to reduce energy costs and opt for renewable energy sources. While they require minimal maintenance, they must be inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure that they are operating at their peak performance. Cleaning can be done with a soft brush and water, or you can hire a professional cleaning service to do the job. It is generally recommended to clean solar panels once a year.
Solar energy systems don't have moving parts like wind turbines, so wear and tear is eliminated. The inverter and batteries may need to be changed in about 5 to 10 years, but the solar panels themselves will last much longer. To certify the installation of solar panels in an Irish home, they undergo rigorous reliability tests, including landfill heat tests, thermal cycles and moisture freezing. Floor-mounted solar panels are no different from rooftop solar panels when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, as dirt, leaves and debris can accumulate on panels mounted anywhere.
Cleaning solar panels will help reduce the amount of dust, dirt, or leaves that can accumulate on them. If the damage is limited to electronic components, it could just be a matter of having to reconnect the solar panels to make sure they are working properly. The costs of solar panel repairs are difficult to assess, as every home and every situation will be unique. It's important to remember that the SEAI grant for solar panels is a one-time grant that can only be used once per property.
Even though there is no shortage of rainy days in Ireland, rain alone will not clean the solar panels. Investing in solar panels can be a smart choice for homes and businesses looking to reduce their electricity costs and opt for renewable energy sources. If you're considering installing solar panels on your property, request a free call with Home Energy Assist through Selectra for more information.