Tips for Making the Most of Your Solar Panels in the Summer

Every day more and more Californians are choosing to go solar. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available.  Solar energy is created by the sun and stored in the form of heat. When we turn on our lights, charge our cell phones or plug in our cars, we are using solar energy. California is a leader in solar energy use and innovation. Now, more than ever before, it is time to commit to clean renewable energy sources that will power California into the future. Get the most use of your solar panels by following these tips:

Keep your solar panels clean. 

Being that we are in the Tri Valley the Summer months bring dust, pollen, and all forms of airborne particulate at a higher rate than the rest of the year.  If your solar panels are dirty it is best to clean them as soon as possible.  A dirty solar panel has less ability to convert light into electricity because dirt absorbs light rather than allowing it through.  Not only does this mean less energy production from your system, but it also means more wear and tear on the inverter which converts DC power from your panels into AC power for use in your home.

Inverters typically carry a five-year warranty and if they are not properly cooled through airflow then they can overheat which will void your warranty on them as well as reduce their life expectancy significantly. The most effective way to clean your solar panels is with a soft cloth or microfiber cloth that will not scratch or damage them.  Using abrasive cleaners can scratch the coating on your panels which will reduce their effectiveness and durability over time.

Diversify Your Panels

You can also diversify your solar panels to help reduce summer energy loss. Diversifying panels means spreading them out so that you have solar panels in more than one location. This spreads out the sunlight and helps you get the most energy out of your panels, regardless of the season. If you want to go this route, make sure you spread your panels out enough so that they’re not blocking each other. You should also be careful to place them in a way that maximizes their exposure to the sun.

It’s simple and quick to do, but it’s important to get it done so that you can maximize the efficiency and life expectancy of your solar system!